August 16, 2017

Our collective hearts were broken by the news that Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are getting “legally separated.” The couple of 8 years announced their split on social media on Sunday, Aug. 6, saying they've been working hard for a long time on their marriage, but it's just not working out.

The couple said in two separate social media posts,

We are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we're really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.

The fact that Chris Pratt and Anna Faris can't make their seemingly wonderful marriage work in the craziness of Hollywood is painful proof that celebrity couples are the most unstable relationships in the world. But hey, we still love them. And not all hope is lost for Pratt and Faris! There are a good handful of celebrity couples who broke up then got back together, so maybe they will, too! (PLEASE.)

Here's a breakdown of all of the Hollywood heartbreaks that ended up being Hollywood happy endings:

1. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner at InterContinental Hotel on June 27, 2012 in Cali.

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth started dating after starring in The Last Song together in 2010. They allegedly started dating while filming the movie in 2009, and they broke up for the first time in 2010. But that breakup didn't last very long, as they were back together a few months later. They broke up one more time in 2010 before getting back together a couple months later… again.

Cyrus and Hemsworth got engaged in June 2012 and the entire world sobbed tears of joy. But then we sobbed tears of actual sadness when they called off their engagement in 2013 after (but not because of) Miley's infamous twerking performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs. Later that year, Cyrus released the single and video for “Wrecking Ball,” basically confirming she and Hemsworth were done for good.

Or so we thought! Come January 2016, rumors started circling that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got back together, as Cyrus posted a selfie on Instagram that showed her wearing the engagement ring Hemsworth proposed to her with back in 2012. The pair was seen together many times throughout the rest of 2016 before Cyrus confirmed their engagement was back on in October 2016. Now, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are couple goals once more. What a time to be alive.

2. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel walking the red carpet for the Golden Globes


Timberlake and Biel reportedly started dating in 2007. They were first seen publicly together at a wedding in 2008. In a 2008 interview with GQ, Biel said, “Justin Timberlake is the one part of my life that I own,” confirming they were together. They stayed strong until 2011, when they briefly broke up for three months. The reportedly got back together in the fall of 2011, and thank god, honestly, because I love these two. A lot.

Engagement rumors started circling in 2012, and then Timberlake's grandma accidentally broke the news that the couple was, in fact, planning to tie the knot. After that, Biel started wearing her engagement ring in public in May 2012. She was first seen wearing it at the 2012 Met Gala.

And finally, Timberlake and Biel got married in a secret wedding on October 19, 2012, in Italy. Timberlake reportedly sang while Biel walked down the aisle and there wasn't a dry eye in the house that day. Biel also iconically wore a pink gown instead of the traditional white. Timberlake and Biel's adorable son, Silas, was born in April 2015, and Timberlake shared the first photo of him on his Instagram a couple weeks later.

3. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo stand on red carpet in tux and gold dress


Adam Levine had a history of dating Victoria's Secret models before he started dating (and eventually married and had a daughter with) Behati Prinsloo, a Victoria's Secret model. Levine and Prinsloo were seen kissing on a beach in Hawaii shortly after Levine and ex-girlfriend/Prinsloo's fellow VS model Anne Vyalitsyna broke up. According to US Weekly, Prinsloo was envious of Levine and Vyalitsyna, as she always had a thing for him. A source told the outlet, “Behati always had a crush on Adam. And she was a little jealous of Anne.”

The pair dated for about a year when they reportedly broke up in May 2013. The breakup wasn't a sudden one, according to US Weekly. A source told the outlet, “Behati was in and out, but they finally ended it. It wasn't an abrupt ending.” During this time, Levine was seen with Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal. But literally just two months later, Levine and Prinsloo were back together and Levine had reportedly proposed to Prinsloo in LA.

One of Levine's reps told US Weekly, “The couple recently reunited and Adam proposed this weekend in Los Angeles. He realized he really does love her and she was the one. They are in love.” When talking about Prinsloo, Levine has said, “She makes me the best person I can be. She's the best in the world.” The couple got married in July 2014 in Mexico, and their daughter, Dusty Rose Levine, was born September 21, 2016!

Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo and daughter Dusty Rose pose on Hollywood Walk of Fame by Adam's star


4. Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade at the BODY At The ESPYs pre-party at Avalon Hollywood on July 12, 2016 in LA

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are probably the most stunning couple in existence. They started dating back in 2009, and according to US Weekly, weren't in a rush to get married since both of them had already been married before. Union said on Access Hollywood back in 2012, “If the goal is forever, what are we rushing for?” Amen. The same year, Wade said to Oprah, “She makes my eyes sparkle.” WHAT?! How freaking perfect!

The pair were reportedly good friends before they started dating in 2009, but then they broke up briefly in 2013 due to “distance and scheduling,” according to reports. But Union decided to give the relationship another chance, and lucky she did because Wade proposed very shortly after! Union and Wade got engaged in 2013 at the construction site of their new home (with the assistance of Wade's two sons, Zaire and Zion), married in August 2014, and they've been living happily ever since!

5. Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Queen's Birthday Garden Party in Poland in July 2017

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became friends after they met at St. Andrews University in 2001. In 2002, they moved into student housing together with two of their friends (remember, at this point, they still aren't dating), and Kate Middleton broke up with her boyfriend at the time in 2003, which is reportedly when her romance with Prince William started.

Will and Kate became public about their relationship in 2005 when they started appearing in photos together, and they looked smitten on their graduation day in 2005. By 2006, the two started their own careers, but in 2007, Will and Kate reportedly broke up. The breakup didn't last long, and they were engaged by 2010. In an interview following their engagement, Will was asked about the breakup. He said,

We were both very young … and we were both defining ourselves as such and being different characters, it was very much trying to find our way and we were growing up, it was just a bit of space, things like that and things worked out for the better.

Prince William and Kate Middleton now have two adorable children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

6. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie at the

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YOU KNOW NOTHING, JON SNOW… except the details of your relationship with Rose Leslie, of course. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie first met when they were co-stars on Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Harington plays Jon Snow, obviously, and Leslie played the wilding Ygritte. The characters fell in love on the show, but her character was tragically killed at the wall. But Leslie exiting the show didn't stop their relationship!!

Nope, the dating rumors between these two started when Harington and Leslie were seen on what looked like a dinner date in London in 2012. The rumors grew even stronger when they attended the Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere in Seattle in March 2013. They weren't acting like a couple, but they did walk the red carpet together. Their relationship was pretty much confirmed at this point, however.

About one year later, Harington and Leslie broke up, but a source confirmed to US Weekly that Harington and Leslie were back together, which confirmed the reconciliation rumors that started circling after the two looked very happy to be at Comic-Con 2014 together. They made their relationship official when they attended the Olivier Awards together in 2016, and Harington talked about falling in love with Rose Leslie in an interview with Vogue Italy. And now, according to reports, they're living together! But she still thinks he knows nothing. Allegedly. Maybe. OK, fine. I just made that up.

7. Evan Peters and Emma Roberts

Evan Peters and Emma Roberts at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in February 2017

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Evan Peters and Emma Roberts is one of those Hollywood couples that's on-again, off-again, but fans are obsessed with this American Horror Story love story. They first met on the set of their film Adult World. The two are staples in the American Horror Story franchise in their own right, but they've also shared the screen together on the show. Roberts told Chelsea Handler in Jan. 2014 that she and Peters didn't start dating until after Adult World finished filming. She said,

We met on the movie. Everyone thought we dated on the movie and we didn't, not for a long time after. I actually, on the set, was like, ‘Oh yeah, we're totally gonna date.' And I would like flirt with him, which ended up looking like I had something in my eye because I'd be like, ‘Hey, what's up?' And he literally didn't speak to me the entire movie. He thought I was so weird.

There's been some trouble in their relationship, though. Roberts was allegedly arrested in 2013 for suspicion of domestic abuse against Peters after a fight in a Montreal hotel room. Peters didn't press charges, and Roberts was released shortly after the incident. Their teams issued a joint statement to People saying, “It was an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding. Ms. Roberts was released after questioning and the couple are working together to move past it.”

And move past it they did, as Roberts and Peters got engaged five months later! But after being engaged for over a year, Roberts and Peters broke off the engagement and went their separate ways for a while. This is where the on-again, off-again stuff started. They got back together three months after they ended their engagement, and then, nine months after that, they broke up again. Roberts started dating Christopher Hines during this breakup, but she ended things with him after a short relationship and got back together with Peters.

Roberts and Peters have been together ever since, but they're not engaged. They're both part of the upcoming American Horror Story: Cult cast.

8. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green at the 70th Golden Globes Awards in 2013

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green first met when Green was a guest star on Fox's comedy, Hope & Faith in 2004. Fox said she had immediate feelings for him, and they started dating as a result. They moved in together in 2006 having been together for two years, but when Fox became more popular after her role in the Transformers franchise and Green was acting on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, rumors started floating around that there was animosity between the two over their fame.

They reportedly got engaged in 2005 and stayed that way until 2009 when they broke off their engagement. The two are 12 years apart in age, and Fox said to US Weekly at the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in June 2009 that,

Marriage isn't a realistic goal for someone who is 23, that's all. I just wanna concentrate on becoming a better person before I try to commit to being someone else's wife.

They got back together at some point in 2009, though no one's sure when, and Green got real about their breakup in an interview, saying a lot of it had to do with their age difference. He said,

She was 18 when I met her, and she went through an enormous change in her life because of her career in general. So she went through the natural period of, ‘I'm not sure if I'm ready to be in such a settled relationship.' I have an 8-year-old, and he was 2 at the time that Megan and I met. She helped me raise him, and that's a huge responsibility.

Then, in 2010, they announced they were engaged again and got married in a secret ceremony two weeks later. Fox was 24 at the time, and Green's son, Kassius, was the only person in attendance. Fox and Green welcomed their first child, Noah, in 2012, and their second son, Bodhi, in 2014. In 2015, citing irreconcilable differences, Fox filed for divorce from Green.

But in 2016, Fox announced she and Green were expecting their third child, so their divorce was put on hold and they've been together ever since! That's 13 years together, people. Fox posted the first photo of the couples' third child, Journey, on October 26, 2016.

9. Kind of but not really: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick at the launch of AG Adriano Goldschmied's 'backstAGe presents:' initiative in Las Vegas in 2011

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I only include Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick because their relationship was defined by breaking up and getting back together. They've been on and off so many times, who honestly knows if their current breakup will be for good?

Anyway, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick met back in 2006 at the Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis' house in Mexico. They were together for three years before breaking up in 2009 because Disick reportedly cheated on Kardashian, but when they found out Kardashian was pregnant with their first son, Mason, they back together. Mason Disick was born in December of 2009. Keeping Up With The Kardashians had been airing for two years at that point. In 2010, Disick was drinking a lot and it almost led to the pair breaking up again. Kardashian said in an episode ofKourtney and Khloe Take Miami,

You're not going to be around Mason while you're working on yourself. There's not even a 1 percent chance … I can't do this anymore. I love Mason more than I love you. And that's what it is.

Disick actually proposed to Kardashian a short time after that in 2010, but she said no, and the scene was aired on the season premiere of KUWTK. Yikes. Even though she rejected his proposal, the two stayed together. They welcomed daughter Penelope Disick in July 2012.

Disick then went through a tragic time when both of his parents died within three months of each other (his mother in November 2013, his father in January 2014). A little bit after this, Kardashian found out she was pregnant with their third child, Reign Disick, but Disick didn't come home to her when she told him. He said he was “so angry” about losing his parents while he was still so young. Disick went to rehab two months later in September of 2014, and Reign Disick was born in December 2014.

Then, a couple of months after Reign was born, Disick went back to rehab. The couple had stayed together since 2010, but after Disick left his second rehab stint and was seen on a yacht with a bunch of models in July 2014, Kardashian dumped him. They've been broken up ever since, but Disick has tried to win her back with no avail. They've been co-parenting for a couple years now, but Disick has been having a lot of random flings and Kardashian is currently casually seeing model Younes Bendjima.

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on August 16, 2017 07:02 PM tagged with Science

Attackers commonly target cloud environments with Brute Force or Port Scanning attacks, typically against management ports like RDP and SSH that are left open to enable administrators access. In addition to detecting and alerting you to these attacks, Azure Security Center just released a new Just-In-Time (JIT) VM Access mechanism. JIT VM Access, now in public preview, significantly reduces your exposure to these attacks by enabling you to deny persistent access while providing controlled, audited access to VMs when needed.

Based on the security policy you set, Azure Security Center can recommend that JIT Access be enabled on your existing VMs and any new ones that are created. When JIT VM Access is enabled, Azure Security Center locks down inbound traffic to defined ports by creating Network Security Group rule(s). You can request access to the VM when needed, which opens the needed port for an approved amount of time, from approved IP addresses, and only for users with proper permissions. Requests are logged in the Azure Activity Log, so you can easily monitor and audit access. You can also enable JIT VM Access, configure policies and request access through Powershell cmdlets.

Enable JIT VM Access and Apply policies

In the JIT VM Access blade, administrators can easily enable JIT VM Access for all or select VMs. They can configure the policy that will determine the ports to be protected, allowed protocols, IP addresses from which these ports can be accessed, and the maximum time window for which a port can be opened. The policy will determine which options are available to users when they request access.


Requesting JIT Access to a VM

Anyone with the right permissions (based on Azure RBAC), can request access to a VM. Based on the JIT VM Access policy, they can select the ports they need access to, from which IPs, and for what timeframe. Access is automatically granted.


These new capabilities are available within the standard pricing tier of Azure Security Center, and you can try it for free for the first 60 days.

To learn more about JIT VM Access, watch the microlearning video or see the documentation.

on August 16, 2017 07:01 PM tagged with Updates

Attackers commonly target cloud environments with Brute Force or Port Scanning attacks, typically against management ports like RDP and SSH that are left open to enable administrators access. In addition to detecting and alerting you to these attacks, Azure Security Center just released a new Just-In-Time (JIT) VM Access mechanism. JIT VM Access, now in public preview, significantly reduces your exposure to these attacks by enabling you to deny persistent access while providing controlled, audited access to VMs when needed.

Based on the security policy you set, Azure Security Center can recommend that JIT Access be enabled on your existing VMs and any new ones that are created. When JIT VM Access is enabled, Azure Security Center locks down inbound traffic to defined ports by creating Network Security Group rule(s). You can request access to the VM when needed, which opens the needed port for an approved amount of time, from approved IP addresses, and only for users with proper permissions. Requests are logged in the Azure Activity Log, so you can easily monitor and audit access. You can also enable JIT VM Access, configure policies and request access through Powershell cmdlets.

Enable JIT VM Access and Apply policies

In the JIT VM Access blade, administrators can easily enable JIT VM Access for all or select VMs. They can configure the policy that will determine the ports to be protected, allowed protocols, IP addresses from which these ports can be accessed, and the maximum time window for which a port can be opened. The policy will determine which options are available to users when they request access.


Requesting JIT Access to a VM

Anyone with the right permissions (based on Azure RBAC), can request access to a VM. Based on the JIT VM Access policy, they can select the ports they need access to, from which IPs, and for what timeframe. Access is automatically granted.


These new capabilities are available within the standard pricing tier of Azure Security Center, and you can try it for free for the first 60 days.

To learn more about JIT VM Access, watch the microlearning video or see the documentation.

on August 16, 2017 07:01 PM tagged with Updates
 Amazon has been doubling down on its private label business in recent months, though many of its own brands aren’t easily identifiable to consumers as they don’t indicate they’re Amazon-made products. But these private labels have been gaining steam, according to a new report out this week from 1010data. Several Amazon brands have been seeing tremendous growth, it found… Read More
on August 16, 2017 07:01 PM tagged with consumer electronics

A look at Google search trends shows that the more people search the digital currency, the more its price rises, which in turn, raises the price further.

As Bitcoin price rises,  it comes out of the shadows with more people googling the digital currency, and from that rise in interest the price seems to rise again, and so on and so on in what has been coined the “Satoshi cycle.”

Chris Burniske, a Bitcoin expert who was previously a Blockchain analyst at ARK Invest, has noted a high correlation between Bitcoin price and Google search trends for the word “Bitcoin.”

Price and Google Search Trends for Bitcoin

A virtuous Satoshi cycle

In a series of tweets, Burniske theorized that when Bitcoin price spikes, it also drives the interest of the digital currency up, and then that further interest perpetuates as it again drives the price up - something he joked was “a virtuous Satoshi cycle.”

Bitcoin hit a record high of $4,483.55 on Wednesday, and at the same time, the search for Bitcoin was also at its all time high.

In contrast, August has also seen a drop off of searches for the word “Ethereum” in terms of popularity in Google.

Bitcoin and Etereum Popularity in Google

Bitcoin in blue, Ethereum in red

Could also be signs of small bubbles

While there are many, including traditional investors, who believe Bitcoin is on its way to a seemingly unlimited upside, Burniske disputes this saying that when Bitcoin has doubled its price in 30 days - six times previously, there has always been a drop off.

“The virtuous Satoshi cycle can overheat though, as Google search activity divorces from its tight tango with Bitcoin’s price,” he tweeted earlier this week.


“After every bubble there’s a crash,” he tweeted, also noting that some of those crashes were as big as 90 percent, but at the same time those were very different Bitcoin markets.

“Thin liquidity, fragile exchanges, and a fraction of the users and investors,” added to big crashes, but the change in the Bitcoin ecosystem is something he suggested could limit downside in the event of another sharp downtrend.

on August 16, 2017 07:00 PM tagged with Google

Once again, it is Wednesday. And in the world of Game of Thrones, that means it's the day that the official photos come out for next Sunday's episode. After last night's leak, we were a little concerned HBO might not release them, but tradition will out, and photos are here. So what does this week's batch of Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 photos hint at? Only an episode of epic scope, with a few contemplative moments in between.

This is the part of the post where I usually remind everyone of the episode title, and synopsis. But this week, we have nothing. Just nothing. Due to all of the insanity that's gone on this month, from the HBO hack (which in the end contained very little in the way of actual episode spoilers), to the deliberate release of Season 7 episode 4 by employees of the India affiliate who air the show, to the accidental release of Season 7 episode 6 by people who accidentally miscoded things at HBO's Spanish and Nordic affiliates, those days of routine press releases giving us a bone to chew on are gone. Thanks guys.

Instead, we must simply note that those who insist the phrase “Death Is The Enemy” from the YouTube channel are wrong. We suppose we'll find out the real title on Sunday at 9pm.

Let's look at the pictures.

Dany and Tyrion Drinking Together Again



The last time we saw them do this, it was their first meeting in Season 5. We can only hope for another epic tête-à-tête like that again.

Dany In A New Outfit



A white fur gown. So appropriate for dragon riding and walking across muddy grass swept plains.

Sansa And Arya Discuss Things



We can only hope that the name “Littlefinger” comes up, and the two of them realize they're being played.

Sansa Looks At Papers In Front Of Brienne



Does Sansa know of Jon's trek northward? Is she planning to have Brienne ride out and join their quest? (How hard will the Hound plotz when he sees her?)

And Now, Our Heroes



The Magnificent Seven. The SnowCo. The Men Who Went A-Wighting.

I could go on all day, you know.

Heroic Portraiture 1: Jon Snow



It's been a good long minute since our photos contained stand alone portraits of characters. We assume Jon gets one since he's their leader.

Heroic Portraiture 2: Tormund Giantsbane



We are slightly concerned that Tormund gets one. Does this mean his hours are numbered? We would hate to see him die without ever getting a kiss from Brienne.

Heroic Portraiture 3: Jorah Mormont



Same question, Jorah Mormont version. I would hate to see Jorah perish after all he's been through.

The Resurrected



What do you supposed they're discussing? The cafeteria food in the afterlife? Things that are annoying about R'hllor? Fatal Wound Maintenance?

The Doom of Winter



Forget the Doom of Valyria. Those guys perished in fire. These guys look like they're about to perish in ice.

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‘GOT' Season 7 Episode 6 Photos Prove It's Going To Be As Epic As We Hope

on August 16, 2017 06:56 PM tagged with Game of Thrones

You can find true love anywhere. “But can you find true love on Tinder?” you ask. Yes, as long as both of you are open to what happens in a relationship, there's no reason a regular hookup couldn't turn into everlasting love. Why wouldn't it?

Even though you can find true love on Tinder, there are a lot of ways in which Tinder can be an obstacle for a relationship to grow. The first, of course, is that a lot of dating apps encourage you to keep your options open. The swiping makes it easy to move on quickly, from one person to the next. Plus, looking at so many pictures encourages you to make superficial judgments based on how much a person knows their own angles.

If you can fight the Tinder forces and resist hooking up for the sake of a fun and easy fling, then there's no reason you couldn't find true love on Tinder. You might just want to make sure you aren't doing these five things that will keep you from finding the modern romance you are looking for:

1. Neglecting Your Bio

When You Accidentally See A Match In Real Life


Personally, I am not looking for love on Tinder — just fun — but I still get creeped out when I swipe right on someone, only to find out that they have not filled in any information on themselves. That leaves me with very limited information to strike up a meaningful conversation. “So, you are 27 years old, and you live two miles away from me? What's that like?”

Nine times out of 10, these enigmas are dudes who were presumably too lazy to write anything about themselves. They also are usually only looking for sex, which is totally fine — except that I would never, ever meet up with someone who seems like they have something to hide.

So what is good to put in your bio? For me, I always pay extra attention to people who list their Zodiac signs, as it already means we have a common interest. I've had trouble connecting with other queer femmes on Tinder, so I listed that I give free tarot readings to queers in my bio. Proposing a shared activity definitely helps.

Whatever you do decide to write, try not to keep it negative. I've been tempted to say, “No ghosting,” but it gives off the vibe that I am wounded or that I get hung up on folks. That isn't actually the case, and it's not an image I want to project. Plus, if I think someone might ghost me, I can always ghost them first.

2. Starting Out With The Same One-Liner For Everyone

Single Girl's Guide To Ditching A Bad Date


You never know whether someone is going to actually message you back on Tinder, but I have found that I get more responses when I start out by saying something really specific about somebody's profile or paying them a compliment from a specific photograph.

One girl described herself as “Bette Porter in the streets, Bette Porter in the sheets.” It's been years since I've watched The L Word, and I ended up reading Bette Porter's entire backstory to find something to message this girl about. (I ended up telling her about all my Wikipedia time. It was cute.)

Personally, I can always tell when someone sends me the same opener they send everyone. “You look too interesting to be on Tinder. Who dumped who?” was the worst one-liner I ever got. It came off as elitist (no one is too interesting for Tinder!) and also made me think about my breakup that happened over a year ago.

And by the way, unless you are actually Aziz Ansari, nobody needs sh*t from Whole Foods.

3. Humoring People Who Have No Manners

Why Guys Should Pay For the Date


I've personally only ever had this experience with cis men. A guy will match with me on Tinder, and he will say something — usually within the first few lines of our conversation — that rubs me the wrong way.

Sometimes, he makes a statement that makes me feel… funny. “I'm sure he didn't mean it that way,” I'll tell myself. But eventually, my funny feeling becomes confirmed when he makes an obviously racist or sexist or homophobic joke. When that happens, I usually tell him off and unmatch as quickly as possible.

On a more troubling level, I've had multiple cis men ask me if I am trans. I'm not trans, but I do have great makeup skills and an affection for wearing wigs. Although trans people are basically divine beings to me, I always get a horrible feeling when I get asked this question. I can sense the dude's transphobia. He's basically asking me about my genitals within the first few lines of messaging.

On a more general level, you're not going to find love on Tinder by compromising your standards. If someone strikes you as rude within the first few messages they send you, or if they make you feel uncomfortable, you don't have to continue on with the conversation. Be more discerning, and you'll improve your chance at finding love.

4. Only Swiping Right On People You Are Extremely Attracted To

Why Being Weird Makes You More Attractive


Look, I get it. I've spent a lot of time agonizing over whether or not I am attracted to someone's photograph on Tinder, and have probably made snap judgments that prevented me from talking to someone interesting.

When I think about the people I have fallen for in real life, the majority of them were not exactly photogenic. In fact, my most significant relationship was with someone I had spent years knowing and never being physically attracted to, until we had developed a strong emotional connection. It's unfortunate that dating apps encourage judging folks based on their looks.

But there are plenty of people out there whom you may not be instantly attracted to, but are still worth a shot. Plus, the worse case scenario is that you meet up and you're still not attracted to them. That's fine! You can still be friends if you strike up a great conversation. And really, when you think about it, all of us are just trapped in flesh prisons we call bodies. I still believe that initial physical attraction has very little to do with whether or not you are made to find lasting love with one another.

5. Not Saying Something First

When You Can't Quit Dating Apps


If you want to find love on Tinder, then for every person you match with, commit to saying something to start the conversation.

If this sounds like a daunting ploy, then that's great! It means you will be more discerning with whom you swipe right on. Even though you might get fewer matches, you will probably end up meeting more people whom you have a genuine connection with. Those dates might be fewer and farther between, but if you are serious about finding love, then you probably want to get off the casual hookup train anyway.

Or do you?

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Any news of the iPhone 8 has driven techies everywhere mad, but nothing has gotten as much attention as the iPhone 8's facial recognition feature. The rumored feature is said to use infra-red technology to read your face and unlock your phone. But Apple isn't the only company getting a piece of the pie, because Androids might get facial recognition, too.

OK, well it turns out the Galaxy S8 already counts on a facial recognition feature, but the feature isn't too safe because it can be manipulated by using a photograph of the persons face. Definitely a big no-no! Plus, the facial feature is not compatible with apps that require strong security.

BGR reports the next iterations of Galaxy phones might be coming with more sophisticated facial recognition features, but it's looking like Apple might just beat them to the punch. Qualcomm is the chip maker that works with Android, and they assure users that Galaxy will not only have sophisticated facial recognition technology, but that it also might be better than the technology Apple is coming out with.

Those are fighting words.

It's been reported by 9 to 5 Mac that these claims are in fact fighting words, because Qualcomm isn't on very good terms with Apple.

Whatever the case may be, I don't understand why Android getting facial recognition is such a big deal. After all, isn't every electronic device just a different version of another? Let's just hope the new Androids with facial recognition will come with a better price tag than the upcoming iPhone 8, because the iPhone is going to cost a small fortune.

Let's also hope the newer Androids will come with a wider variety of colors, as we already know the iPhone 8 will not be coming in the rose gold we've all grown to love. Who knew there was so much drama in the tech community?

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Critics of president Donald Trump's reaction to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia are now channeling their displeasure via tweets about Ivanka Trump's vacation. The reason why is straightforward. As more and more criticism is being directed at the president for avoiding a strict condemnation of white supremacists, some of it was re-directed at Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner for failing to have an influence on the president's statements on Charlottesville.

Many of these reactions came after reports that stated Ivanka Trump and Kushner tried to implore President Trump to deliver a forceful condemnation of white supremacist groups.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the president acted very clearly against that advice, delivering an impromptu press conference that fielded questions related to his response to the protests. The president said,

I think there is blame on both sides.You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I'll say it right now.

Ivanka Trump, for her part, had already issued a personal response to the protests during the weekend. In a pair of tweets, the president's daughter and White House advisor condemned white supremacy.

After the president's Tuesday press conference however, many were wondering where Ivanka was and criticizing her for a perceived tolerance of a defense of a Nazi groups.

The fact that critics have singled out Ivanka Trump for criticism as her father himself does something controversial is no new phenomena. The trend of criticisms directed at the first daughter stems from the expectation that she would be a “moderating force” on president Trump, which Ivanka Trump said she hoped to be.

And then there's the fact that Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism upon marrying Kushner, which is of added significance given the anti-Jewish chants shouted by protestors in Charlottesville.

So, people have wondered: Where if Ivanka doing as Trump makes these statements that clearly differ from her own?

The answer is on vacation. Both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are on break in Vermont. The couple's trip follows a peculiar trend of them being away just as controversial stories break around the White House, a fact which reporter Rebecca Berg pointed out on Twitter.

All in all, this episode is another that proves much shouldn't be expected or demanded of Ivanka Trump's “moderating” influence.

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The back and forth between the alt-right and those who oppose blatant racists picked up steam on Twitter, following violent protests across the country. Like the many other protestors against white supremacy, Solange was one who was blatantly not here for the racist trolls who came out of the shadows. And, like comedienne Leslie Jones and Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei, who have both deleted (and later reactivated) their Twitter accounts following trolls, Solange Knowles deleted her Twitter account on Tuesday, Aug. 15, seemingly to avoid racist hecklers.

On Aug. 12, white supremacist groups took to the campus of the University of Virginia, armed with blazing tiki torches and the riotous spirit of the confederacy in a protest which, according to the Washington Post, had the goal of taking America back. The incident led to the tragic death of one young woman, Heather Heyer, a helicopter crash, multiple injuries and a state of radical uproar which was not contained in Charlottesville alone.

The “Cranes in the Sky” singer, Solange Knowles, made it clear that racism and bigotry have no seat at her table. Solange announced shortly after the riots that she would soon be deleting her Twitter account. She took this stance and held herself accountable as she followed through on her promise and deleted her Twitter account.

Although her Twitter account no longer exists, the multi-talented superstar continues to have an Instagram presence, where she uploaded a note with remarks on the ordeal.  In this iPhone memo uploaded to her Instagram story following the deletion of her Twitter account,  Solange notes that her energy would not be given to who she calls “racist ugly ass ass fuck bois.” 

The note prioritizes Solange's efforts to practice self-care, and self-preservation, as she continues to tour and perform her Grammy nominated album, A Seat At The Table.” Her post also make readers aware that her son, who like many other children went back to school during this time of civil unrest, are going to school to learn “American history” while the “deep dark rooted ugliness continues to live.” Solange left Twitter with a call to action to free protester Takiyah Thompson from jail.  

Who Is Takiyah Thompson?

Takiyah Thompson, a 22-year-old college student was arrested after her role in a protest march in Durham, N.C., in which a Confederate monument was was destroyed.  

According to The Fader, Thompson was charged with two felony counts for participating in the protest and the destruction of the monument, as well as two misdemeanor charges for damage to property and disorderly conduct. Thompson has since been released from custody, but the effort to ensure she remains free is valiant. Many have led the charge to raise money and support for Thompson's legal fees as she prepares for a trial which could result in more than two years in prison.

Solange is not the only notable person who has celebrated the movement heralded by Takiyah Thompson. Those who have actively campaigned for Thompson's actions and supports efforts to aid Thompson include Bree Newsome, who was famously arrested for climbing the flagpole at a South Carolina statehouse and removing the Confederate banner.

Whether or not Solange returns to Twitter, her “f*ck your bland ass stale ass monuments” sentiments live on in the actions of activists like Takiyah Thompson. The movement to tear down every statue and celebratory landmark of historically racist figures will continue on and off line.

The revolution may not be televised, but it will always be tweeted.

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Solange Deleted Her Twitter To “Preserve Her Spirit” In Charlotesville Aftermath

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These days, there is a name for everything a potential love interest does to you that slowly ruins your life. They stop calling? Oh, that's ghosting. They fall off the face of the Earth, but then pop up later to like your Instagram photo? That's zombieing, obviously!

It's hard to keep up with all the dating trends out there, so I, your very best friend, decided to make a glossary of all these dating terms for you to help you look out for these annoying trends and shut them down if you're dealing with them.

Here are all the relationship crazes out there that are most likely driving you crazy.

1. Ghosting

What is it?

Ghosting is when that person you were dating — whom you thought you potentially had a future with — suddenly vanishes from your life completely without warning.

Who does it?

People who ghost are just not that into you. They're cowards who would rather run away than give you the closure you deserve.

How can you spot it?

If there's a severe lack of communication between you two, lots of last-minute canceled plans, obvious lies, and a slow fadeaway, they're probably ghosting you.

2. Benching

What is it?

Benching is essentially when your crush leads you on but makes no effort to see you IRL. They go for long periods of time without contacting you, keeping you on the back burner for a later date. And most likely, you are there with a lot of other people.

Who does it?

Benchers are essentially the emotionally unavailable, commitment-phobes — the selfish people who are dating multiple other people at once.

How can you spot it?

Your relationship will exist mostly over the phone and online, and it'll rarely ever make it to real date territory, if it ever does. And when you ask what's going on, this person will always have an excuse.

3. Zombieing

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What is it?

Zombieing is when you think you are ghosted by your crush, only to have them return weeks or months later with a random text or social media like. Essentially, that person you think ghosted you has come back from the dead.

Who does it?

The people who zombie you are people who are emotionally manipulative and who don't really know what they want. They're likely commitment-phobes as well.

How can you spot it?

You'll get random texts, the occasional Instagram like, an unnecessary direct message, or anything that says “hey stranger!” or “u up?!”

4. Cushioning

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What is it?

Cushioning happens when a person who is in a relationship (usually an unhealthy one, which is bound to end soon) already has a backup plan with another person. They might be emotionally cheating already, or crossing the line with some of their friends whom they are potentially interested in. They're essentially “cushioning” themselves from the aftermath of a potential breakup.

Who does it?

They're usually cheaters at their core — people who are emotionally unfaithful or who are in dysfunctional relationships.

How can you spot it?

If you find your friend who is in a relationship flirting with you or sending you selfies that make you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then you might be the victim of cushioning.

5. Love Bombing

What is it?

Love Bombing is actually a form of emotional abuse. It's when a new partner overwhelms you with love and affection early on in your relationship, so much so that you can't see any of their faults. The relationship moves so quickly and is so rooted in fantasy, that it seems like a dream come true.

However, as soon as you begin to pull away, your suitor's true colors come out — and usually, they aren't very pretty.

Who does it?

Love bombers are essentially narcissists and sociopaths (and my ex-boyfriend).

How can you spot it?

You may be love bombed if your relationship moves too quickly, and your partner presents you with lavish presents, unreasonable promises, or anything that is not rooted in reality. Remember, a good relationship moves sloooooooowly and carefully.

6. Breadcrumbing

What is it?

Breadcrumbing is when you lead someone on by giving them “crumbs” in the form of cute texts or messages that are flirtatious in nature, but you have no intentions of moving the relationship to the next level.

Who does it?

Selfish people who fear commitment will likely breadcrumb you.

How can you spot it?

If the person you're seeing is all text and no action for no good reason, they're probably breadcrumbing you.

7. Cuffing

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What is it?

Cuffing is when you seek out a relationship or commit to someone right around the winter months or the holidays. According to Urban Dictionary, “the cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”

Who does it?

People who want a relationship over the holidays will likely cuff someone else.

How can you spot it?

Rampant relationship status changes on Facebook over the holidays are a pretty good sign of cuffing.

8. Uncuffing

handcuffs coming off against a blue sky


What is it?

Uncuffing is the opposite of cuffing (obviously) and happens during the spring and the summer. In the warmer months, people are more inclined to be single, social, and flirtatious. Hence, they might break up with their boo, “uncuffing” themselves.

Who does it?

Uncuffers are people who want to be footloose and fancy free for the summer.

How can you spot it?

When that guy you thought was in a relationship starts hitting you up again when it starts warming up, or that girl who had a serious boyfriend suddenly starts posting thirst traps on Instagram, you know it's uncuffing season.

Do you have more relationship trends you've encountered? Let me know in the comments. Please. My love life depends on it.

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A Glossary Of All The Weird Dating Trends Out There That Are Likely Driving You Crazy

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The Weinstein Company has again changed the release date — and this time, the theater strategy — for its period drama “Tulip Fever.” After locking a limited release date of Friday, August 25 earlier this summer, the film will now open wide one week later, on Friday, September 1. The company announced on Wednesday that the film will now hit theaters the first week of September.

The film, starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, and Christoph Waltz, previously moved from July 15, 2016 to February 24, 2017.

Adapted from Deborah Moggach’s bestselling novel of the same name and directed by Justin Chadwick, “Tulip Fever” stars Vikander as a young woman who falls in love with an artist (DeHaan) who has been commissioned to paint her portrait. Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Cara Delevingne, and Tom Hollander all co-star in the film, which takes place in the 17th-century and is set against the tulip market boom that took hold of Amsterdam.

“Tulip Fever” was shot in the UK during the summer of 2014. Early footage was shown at Cannes the following year.

TWC has apparently held test screenings for the film, according to participants of the online forum Awards Watch who have shared their thoughts on the movie. The entries on the forum, which vary from strong support to strong dislike for the movie, date from November of 2014 to June of 2015. Additional press screenings for the film were cancelled this week, and the film’s review embargo is in place until the day of release.

The film’s release date in other territories — including the UK — remains unknown.

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on August 16, 2017 06:31 PM tagged with Tulip Fever

Analysts and financial news networks including CNBC have noted that Japan has been a driving factor in the recent rally of Bitcoin price.

Over the past few months, through previous coverages, Cointelegraph emphasized the importance of the Japanese Bitcoin industry to the Bitcoin exchange market in Asia.

Earlier this week, many analysts and financial news networks including CNBC have noted that Japan has been a driving factor in the recent rally of Bitcoin price.

Japan and Bitcoin’s love story

As Cointelegraph previously reported, throughout the past two weeks, the Japanese Bitcoin exchange market demonstrated a rapid growth rate, overtaking the Chinese and US Bitcoin exchange markets in daily trading volume.

Although Japan only briefly became the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange market, it remains the second largest market behind the US, backed by rising demand from institutional and retail investors.

Earlier this year, the Japanese government fully legalized Bitcoin as an official currency and a store of value. Since then, the Japanese Bitcoin exchange market has appealed to a wide range of investors and traders.

Cointelegraph also revealed that the trading of Bitcoin in Japanese yen has accounted for 46 percent of total trade volume worldwide, while the US only accounted for 25 percent.

Japan remains as one of the few countries that have adopted Bitcoin as a digital currency. The country's largest companies and conglomerates including retail giant Bic Camera and Peach Airlines have been offering Bitcoin as an official payment method and in the upcoming months, hundreds of thousands of merchants, restaurants, bars, cafes and stores are expected to integrate Bitcoin.

More importantly, leading Japanese Bitcoin exchanges such as bitFlyer and multi-billion dollar technology conglomerates like GMO Group have also started to target institutional and retail investors by providing high liquidity and regulated channels to invest in.

A vital market for Asian Bitcoin traders, institutional investors

In the US, Coinbase and Gemini just began to target institutional investors in August. Coinbase secured a $100 mln funding round to create a more efficient infrastructure for institutional investors, while Gemini partnered with CBOE, the largest options exchange in the US, to increase liquidity for large-scale Bitcoin investors and traders.

As Gemini founder and CEO Tyler Winklevoss noted:

"Gemini's key concerns in the cryptocurrency ecosystem have always been security, compliance and regulatory oversight. By working with the team at CBOE, we are helping to make Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies increasingly accessible to both retail and institutional investors."

Within the Japanese Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets, institutional and retail investors have expressed their interest towards the digital currency as early as 2016. With necessary infrastructures in place, mainstream adoption of Bitcoin has drastically increased in the country led by major companies and financial institutions.

However, the Japanese market has dismissed analysts and traders in the past due to its zero-fee policy. Analysts claimed that Japan, similar to China, has demonstrated fake and manipulated trading volumes. In late 2016, the Chinese central bank prohibited the implementation of zero-fee policy to prevent market manipulation and fake or manufactured trading volumes. Currently, Japanese exchanges do not require fees for orders and trades.

The case that trading volumes coming from the Japanese Bitcoin exchange market are inaccurate can certainly be made. But, due to its efficient and cost-effective trading infrastructure, Japan has attracted investors from China and South Korea, serving as a vital market for Asian Bitcoin traders and institutional investors.

on August 16, 2017 06:31 PM tagged with Tradings

When Jessica Chastain condemned cinematic portrayals of women after spending 10 days as a Cannes Film Festival juror, Maggie Gyllenhaal had deja vu: She had a similar experience as a member of the Berlin International Film Festival’s jury in February. After watching 25 movies in two weeks, the actress grew frustrated.

“There were some amazing performances by women, but one of them was about this woman obsessed with her lover, and in two others, the women were mentally ill,” she said. “So I really related to what Jessica Chastain said. In my life, I think there have been very few representations of women that feel like something I can actually recognize as relating to my experience.”

Now, as a producer on both of her upcoming projects, she’s finding a new way to address that challenge.

Gyllenhaal was speaking from the set of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” the second film from writer-director Sara Colangelo, whose feature debut “Little Accidents” premiered at Sundance in 2014. Adapted from Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s drama, Gyllenhaal plays Lisa Spinelli, a restless Staten Island teacher who takes special interest a five-year-old student’s poetry.

The project was developed almost entirely by women, including Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Keren (who produced the original) and Maven Pictures co-founders Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray, who financed the project. Gyllenhaal said she took on producer responsibilities as she became more invested in the project’s success. “I want to be a part of making all the decisions that make this movie sing, not just the acting,” she said. “The film is really centered on a woman’s mind. It really is a very feminine kind of experience.”

She also has a producing credit on HBO’s “The Deuce,” the new series from “The Wire” creator David Simon about the ’70s-era legalization of the porn industry, in which she plays prostitute Eileen “Candy ” Merrell, who eventually became a porn actress and director. When HBO first offered the role to Gyllenhaal, Simon had written only three of the first season’s eight episodes. While his reputation spoke for itself, she was concerned about jumping what could be a simplistic role. “Often, women have to take what we can get and say, ‘That looks sort of what I can recognize,'” she said.

She came up with a proposal to combat that fear.  “I felt like, I can’t actually take on playing a prostitute without knowing the story we’re telling,” she said. “I wanted to have some guarantee that I would be a part of the storytelling process, so I asked for a producing credit.”

Her management team was skeptical. “Everybody said, ‘You’re never gonna get that in this case, with this huge, developed project at HBO,'” she said. “But they did give it to me, and I think they did it to say that they wanted me to be a part of the storytelling process, that they respect my mind as well as my body. In the end, it was not just a credit, but a real collaboration.”

The show premieres September 10; “The Kindergarten Teacher” will most likely make the festival rounds in 2018. In the meantime, Gyllenhaal is keen on learning more about the producing process.

“On some level, if you’re working on a tiny independent movie, you are often taking on some responsibilities as a producer,” she said. “‘You know a DP? Can you write them an email?’ You have a relationship with these people. Can you go to lunch with them and see if they’ll give them money? Later, I’m having dinner with potential buyers at festivals. So there’s a lot of producing that happens by default.”

She wants to learn more about the current demands of the marketplace. “It’s really different from when I made ‘Secretary’ in 2001,” she said. “I was the center of that movie, and I’d never made anything before. You could easily get $2 million to make it. It was a very different world.”

While she has yet to join the PGA, she characterized her current status as being in a transitional state. “I’ve gone from being a total beginner to maybe just below intermediate level,” she said. “I’m actually, literally interested in the development of tiny indie movies. It’s shifted and changed so much.”


Gyllenhaal first took note of Colangelo’s “The Kindergarten Teacher” script when two acquaintances mentioned it to her at Christmas party. Her agents were unaware of the project until she tracked it down. Once she read it, she said she felt echoes of the enthusiasm she experienced when she first read the scripts for “Secretary” and “Sherrybaby,” two roles considered to be among her best. “These are stories totally based around the perspective of the woman that feel real to me, right to me, somehow accurate in the way they depict women,” she said.

Gyllenhaal was attached to the project for over a year before she took on the producing credit. “She has the intensity and the ability to go into dark and bizarre places as an actresses,” Colangelo said in between takes. “I knew that’s what I needed.” Later, Gyllenhaal provided screenplay notes and helped nail down investment so it could shoot on location in New York, rather than heading to Canada. “With her investment in the writing and conception of this character, it just made sense for her to produce,” Colangelo said.

On the set of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Gyllenhaal was visibly invested in maintaining control of the nimble 23-day production. Two days before wrap, she was holed up in a cramped Chinatown restaurant, shooting a scene with five-year-old costar Parker Sevak and putting a lot of energy into helping the much-younger actor maintain focus. The scene found her character asking the child about the poets that inspired his classroom work, but it also involved the challenging task of eating noodles in between lines. In take after take, Gyllenhaal developed a rhythmic approach to bring Sevak into the scene.

“How are the noodles?” she asked him each time the camera started to roll. Then her voice dropped to a whisper. “Ready?” she asked, then locked eyes with him, and slipped into character.

on August 16, 2017 06:23 PM tagged with The Kindergarten Teacher

Your college years are all about learning, so don't be surprised that you'll learn a lot about yourself outside of a lecture hall. A lot of the most important things that you'll take away from your time in school will be the things your relationships teach you, whether they're from a friendship or romantic connection. There are some crucial things your ex teaches you, as I've witnessed first hand.

While there is no such thing as an “easy relationship” to begin with, college couples are definitely in for a more difficult time. During your college years, you and your partner are learning about yourselves as much as you're learning about each other, so it's not unlikely that your values, interests, and desires will probably change. Whether or not you can stick it out is up to you, but should your relationship end, it won't be in vain.

When my high school boyfriend and I broke up toward the end of my second year in college, it felt like the end of the world. In a time when everything I know is constantly changing, losing a long time relationship felt like I was letting go of the last of the familiar. In a way, I totally was, but in the process, I learned to be my own constant. By the time I was ready to start dating again, I had learned a lot about myself and what it means to be an active citizen in this place they call “the real world.”

1. Prioritize Wisely

The entire point of going to college is to learn about your field, get a degree, and start figuring out how to adult… not to spend every waking moment with your SO. If you're the type of person who values finding a potential parter for life at this age, more power to you, but mostly everyone who attends college isn't going to drop everything and get married today. I found that I prioritized my relationship over other aspects of my life as an individual, which I deeply regret. My ex prioritized things like video games and naps, so for me to be so invested in our relationship created a huge imbalance and led to hurt feelings.

2. You Can't Fix Each Other

a couple sits and argues at a cafe


Sorry girls, but fairytales don't come true unless you make it happen for yourself. Your SO probably isn't going to sweep you off your feet and magically make everything all better, no matter how much they might want to. Unfortunately, not all of the problems in the world can be solved with love, but you can always stand by and support your partner through the hard times. As I experienced, though, a hard time for them might mean just as hard of a time for you. When your partner is struggling, it's hard to sit and wait when you'd rather be going out on date nights and enjoying life together.

3. You're Responsible For Yourself

You should be in a relationship that makes you happy, but you also should realize that you're the only one who can really control your happiness. I relied too much on my relationship for the reassurance and peace I wasn't providing myself, and I ended up resenting both my SO and myself for it. While you 100 percent should find yourself a lover who treats you like the queen you are, you need to treat yourself even better.

4. Communication Is Key

All sorts of problems in any type of relationship can be avoided with proper communication. I'll admit, it can be hard not to get petty when you're in the middle of an argument, but staying calm and fair will make a world of difference in nearly every situation. Even if worst comes to worst, a breakup will be a lot cleaner and friendlier when you know you can share your feelings and opinions.

5. People Can Be Two-Faced

a man sits on the bed texting while a woman sits sadly toward the window


Even if you've been in a long-term relationship, you may not actually know the person you're dating. People act differently toward people depending on how they feel about the person, so your ex may have no reason to be hateful toward you until you breakup. If this happens to you, just be glad you're not still in a relationship with a person who would treat you like that, even if they said they never would.

6. Speak Up

If you don't speak up, how can you expect to get what you want or need? I learned this the hard way during an argument with my SO. I wasn't happy, but I hadn't expressed this before and given him the chance to give me what I wanted. A simple conversation, or even just a sentence, could have prevented an unnecessary fight. If you're not comfortable enough to speak up and be honest with your partner, it might be time to rethink things.

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6 Life Lessons Every College Girl Can Learn From Her Ex

on August 16, 2017 06:22 PM tagged with LIFE

While Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have been off fighting their own battles before joining up with The Defenders, both Daredevil and Iron Fist have been battling The Hand across two different shows with 39 episodes between them. So it's no surprise that what we know of them comes from both their standalone series. Not just the bad guys, the Hand, but their good guy parallels, the Chaste. But who are the Chaste? And how are they related to the Hand?

We originally learned about the Chaste back in Daredevil Season 2, when Matt Murdock's original mentor Stick, the blind man who taught him all the martial arts he knows, came back again for a visit. The first time we met Stick, he was gunning for the Hand's newest weapon, something called “Black Sky.” He spoke of a war that was coming, but gave no details.

When he returned again, this time to see both Matt's Daredevil and Elektra, he filled Matt in on the missing puzzle pieces. The Chaste, an ancient order of ninjas, are a group that were created to fight the Hand, and have been their sworn enemies for centuries. Stick's work with both Elektra and Matt were to turn them into warriors that would fight for their order in the next generation.

Who Are The Chaste

According to the folklore, the Chaste were built from a single child who was left alive by the Hand after they slaughtered his entire village. As a child he beat the Hand's best warriors, and as he grew older, he surrounded himself with a group of like minded souls, bent on take the Hand down for their evil deeds.

Originally “The Chaste” was the nickname of that one child, but when he died and passed on, the group took his name for their own.

How Are Daredevil And Elektra Involved?



Elektra was a willing member of the Chaste at first, until she found out Stick was trying to have her killed in Daredevil Season 2. But when she also found out that she was a “Black Sky,” she attempted to change that fate, and chose to recommit to the Chaste over the Hand, including dying to save Murdock. But death may have merely hasted her turn.

What Do The Chaste Want With The Defenders?



The coming together of this supergroup to fight the Hand is a huge boon for the Chaste. But did they manipulate it into happening? Will the Chaste try to recruit all four members of the Defenders to their cause? Or just use them for their own ends? (Stick isn't exactly someone to trust after all.)

We won't know until The Defenders arrives on Netflix at the end of the week, but we can't wait to find out.

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While some traditional investors are being turned into Bitcoin believers, there are many who still shun it as they don’t understand it.

As Bitcoin invades traditional investments, the market leaders of that space continue to pick sides, with commodities whiz Dennis Gartman staying away. Gartman is still confused by the technological currency and thus is not biting.

Gartman has admitted that he appreciates Blockchain technology, and says that Bitcoin is fast money, but he will not be touching it.

A punter’s dream

Gartman has said that the fluctuations in Bitcoin - something that is driving its progression as the hottest new investment - is something that bothers him.

"It is a punter's dream," Gartman told CNBC. "I give them credit for that, but it is something that I will absolutely stay away from, have stayed away from it, didn't understand it to begin with, don't understand it now."

Gartman has said he appreciates Bitcoin's introduction of Blockchain technology. However, the cryptocurrency's price fluctuates too much to convince him to invest.

"What bothers me is that something that can move 5, 10, 15, 18 percent in the course of the day for what's supposed to be a pricing mechanism," Gartman said. "How can you buy a house? How can you buy a car? How can you buy Starbucks with Bitcoin when the price is going to fluctuate as dramatically as it has?"

No longer the alphas

There has been a lot of noise coming from traditional asset investors, who, because of this new and unprecedented technology, are no longer the experts.

It seems that this predicament is scaring some of them, as Gartman is joined by billionaire investor, co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Group, Howard Marks in saying he does not understand Bitcoin.

There are even cases of companies, like VanEck, who have shunned Bitcoin, but in the same breath filed for exchange-traded fund to invest in Bitcoin derivatives.

Not what it makes out to be

Gartman’s understanding of Bitcoin seems to be purely based on its ability as a currency, stating that it was intended to be better than the dollar and the euro, but has now become an infinite currency.

"We'll walk in one day and this will all have ended," he said ominoulsy. "And it will end very badly."

on August 16, 2017 06:14 PM tagged with  Cryptocurrencies

When “Patti Cake$” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it was heralded as an “8 Mile” for 2017, bolstered by stellar breakout performances from newcomer Daniel Macdonald and powerhouse singer Bridget Everett. After a delayed release, Geremy Jasper’s rousing debut will finally hit theaters this weekend. Fox Searchlight released a zippy music video to remind viewers why the New Jersey-set underdog tale is the freshest thing since Tony Soprano.

Titled “Patti Season,” the video stars Macdonald as Patti, and she is backed up by her music partners Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay), Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), and her Nana (Cathy Moriarty of “Raging Bull” fame). Written by Jasper, the rap reference Jersey favorites (“Young, gorgeous Gandolfini”) as well as cultural trends of 2017 (“It’s the summer of us Wonder Women”). Patti’s harsh criticism of President Trump are a definitely a highlight, as she ends her final verse with a promise to “break [his] little Twitter fingers.”

Originally known as a music video director, Jasper steps easily back into those shoes, making expert use of classic Jersey locations like the Jersey Shore and Atlantic City boardwalk and arcade. With fast cuts and colorful costumes, it’s definitely time to get hyped for “Patti Cake$.”

Watch “Patti Season” below:

on August 16, 2017 06:10 PM tagged with Patti Cake$

Kanye West is only up for one VMA this year: Best Choreography for the “Fade” music video (a truly iconic vid). Given that he's only up for one this year, will we be seeing Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the VMAs? It doesn't seem likely, as West and Kardashian haven't even mentioned the VMAs lately. They did slay the VMAs blue carpet at the 2016 VMAs, and Kanye's speech at the 2016 VMAs was one we won't soon forget, but as for the 2017 VMAs, we probably won't see Kimye in attendance.

West's 2016 VMAs speech came immediately before he debuted “Fade” and its music video. He didn't end up winning any of the VMAs he was nominated for (he lost most of them to Beyoncé's “Formation” because obviously), but MTV did ask him to take the stage for an “uncensored” four minutes. And during the speech, he called out Taylor Swift for all of the “Famous” drama (the song and video for which he was nominated that night). It was an interesting speech, to say the least. My favorite part was the opening line when he said, “I am Kanye West,” just in case we didn't know. Here's another great clip from the speech:

Now, later tonight, ‘Famous' might lose to Beyoncé but I can't be mad. I'm always wishing for Beyoncé to win so… for people to understand just how blessed we are, [‘Famous'] was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. You know, just to put… the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I mean, I put Ray J in there bro! This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber… my wife is a G…

Even if Kim and Kanye do go to the VMAs this year, it will be hard to top this speech. Here are some of the VMA nominations you'll be hearing about on Sunday, Aug. 27:

Video of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)
Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)
Lorde (Republic Records)

Best New Artist

Khalid (RCA Records)
Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)
SZA (TDE/RCA Records)
Young M.A (3D)
Julia Michaels (Republic Records)
Noah Cyrus (Records)

Best Collaboration

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don't Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records)
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

Best Pop 

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records)
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records)
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records)

Best Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Big Sean – “Bounce Back” (Def Jam)
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” (Chance the Rapper LLC)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records)
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee” (300 Entertainment)
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I'm The One” (Epic Records/We The Best)

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope)
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain't Me” (Ultra/Interscope)
Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records)
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent)
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Race & LGBTQ) (Def Jam)
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Immigration) (Atlantic Records)
Big Sean – “Light” (Race) (Def Jam)
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Body image) (Def Jam)
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (Environment)
John Legend – “Surefire” (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate) (Columbia Records)

You can catch the 2017 VMAs on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. on MTV.

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on August 16, 2017 06:09 PM tagged with kim kardashian
Now you can call any person or business from your Google Home, like the world's smartest speakerphone.
on August 16, 2017 06:02 PM tagged with Gear

Most modern applications are built using events – whether it is reacting to changes coming from IoT devices, responding to user clicks on mobile apps, or initiating business processes from customer requests. With the growth of event-based programming, there is an increased focus on serverless platforms, like Azure Functions, a serverless compute engine, and Azure Logic Apps, a serverless workflow orchestration engine. Both services enable you to focus on your application without worrying about any infrastructure, provisioning, or scaling.

Today, I am excited to announce that we are making event-based and serverless applications even easier to build on Azure. Azure Event Grid is a fully-managed event routing service and the first of its kind. Azure Event Grid greatly simplifies the development of event-based applications and simplifies the creation of serverless workflows. Using a single service, Azure Event Grid manages all routing of events from any source, to any destination, for any application.

Azure Event Grid is an innovative offering that makes an event a first-class object in Azure. With Azure Event Grid, you can subscribe to any event that is happening across your Azure resources and react using serverless platforms like Functions or Logic Apps. In addition to having built-in publishing support for events with services like Blob Storage and Resource Groups, Event Grid provides flexibility and allows you to create your own custom events to publish directly to the service. In addition to having a wide range of Azure services with built-in handlers for events, like Functions, Logic Apps, and Azure Automation, Event Grid allows flexibility in handling events, supporting custom web hooks to publish events to any service, even 3rd-party services outside of Azure. This flexibility creates endless application options and makes Azure Event Grid a truly unique service in the public cloud. 

Here is how it works:

Here are some additional details of this new Azure service:

  • Events as first-class objects with intelligent filtering: Azure Event Grid enables direct event filtering using event type, prefix or suffix, so your application will only need to receive the events you care about. Whether you want to handle built-in Azure events, like a file being added to storage, or you want to produce your own custom events and event handlers, Event Grid enables this through the same underlying model. Thus, no matter the service or the use case, the intelligent routing and filtering capabilities apply to every event scenario and ensure that your apps can focus on the core business logic instead of worrying about routing events.
  • Built to scale: Azure Event Grid is designed to be highly available and to handle massive scale dynamically, ensuring consistent performance and reliability for your critical services.
  • Opens new serverless possibilities: By allowing serverless endpoints to react to new event sources, Azure Event Grid enables event-based scenarios to span new services with ease, increasing the possibilities for your serverless applications. Both code-focused applications in Functions and visual workflow applications in Logic Apps benefit from Azure Event Grid.
  • Lowers barriers to ops automation: The same unified event management interface enables simpler operational and security automation, including easier policy enforcement with built-in support for Azure Automation to react to VM creations or infrastructure changes.

Today, Azure Event Grid has built-in integration with the following services:

Event Publishers and HandlersWe are working to deliver many more event sources and destinations later this year, including Azure Active Directory, API Management, IoT Hub, Service Bus, Azure Data Lake Store, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Data Factory, and Storage Queues.

Azure Event Grid has a pay-per-event pricing model, so you only pay for what you use. Additionally, to help you get started quickly, the first 100,000 operations per month are free. Beyond 100,000 per month, pricing is $0.30 per million operations (per-operation) during the preview. More details can be found on the pricing page.

Azure Event Grid completes the missing half of serverless applications. It simplifies event routing and event handling with unparalleled flexibility. I am excited about the endless possibilities!

Go ahead and give it a try. I can’t wait to see what you build. To learn more try the quick start.

See ya around,


on August 16, 2017 06:01 PM tagged with Announcements
 Remember back in May, when Google announced plans to let people make free phone calls through the Google Home? That feature is rolling out starting today (alas, only for folks in U.S./Canada). Say something like, “OK Google, call the nearest sandwich shop,” and it’ll connect the dots and help you get your grub. Or, if you give Google Home access to your contacts, you can… Read More
on August 16, 2017 06:01 PM tagged with google home
 General admission tickets are now available. We would love to see you at the show. ICOs and cryptocurrency are rapidly changing venture capital and we are bringing some of the top minds and companies to the stage to talk about how it all affects startups. Naval Ravikant and Vitalik Buterin will chat about Ethereum’s quest to balance decentralization and usability the right way. This is… Read More
on August 16, 2017 06:01 PM tagged with sebastian thrun

Audience members at Michael Moore’s Broadway show “The Terms of My Surrender” got a politically-charged after show on Tuesday night when Moore invited every viewer to join him at a Donald Trump protest at Trump Tower. The event was co-hosted by Mark Ruffalo and featured chants led Olivia Wilde and Zoe Kazan, among others. Attendees included Harvey Weinstein and Marisa Tomei.

Ruffalo, who had been the special guest during Moore’s Broadway performance, invited 200 ticket holders to be driven uptown on double-decker buses in order to protest the President, who is briefly staying at Trump Tower during a visit to New York City. Moore pushed for the rest of the audience to walk over. The rally included a candlelight vigil for Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.

“We’re here today to commemorate a life of an American that was killed by a Nazi on American soil,” Ruffalo said.”Let’s say her name so Donald Trump can hear what’s happened here — he’s allowed these people, he’s allowed fascism, he’s allowed the KKK, he’s allowed Nazis to show their ugly face, and we’re here to remind him there’s a cost for that. Americans have died because of that. Say her name: Heather Heyer!”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Ashley Lee was on site during the rally and captured the impassioned chants on video. Olivia Wilde’s speech finds the actress shouting, “Trump is not a legitimate President! Trump is not America!” You can watch the three speeches in the embedded videos below.


on August 16, 2017 06:01 PM tagged with Olivia Wilde

Here's the thing about making the first move: When you've done it once, it's easy to do it a second time. As a lady on Bumble, you have to make the first move by messaging the cutie you connected with first, so you've already done the hardest part by the time you decide to figure out how to ask someone out on Bumble and make plans to meet face-to-face.

Also, it's 2017, and if you want to meet someone in person instead of carrying on a weirdly long internet conversation about your favorite bars on an app, meet up in person already. Part of the fun of dating is asking each other questions when you can actually see what the other person's eyeballs look like (and their typically-amplified height IRL). I promise your palms won't get sweaty, nor will your knees get weak or arms get heavy, because you are not asking someone out in person — you're just doing it via a short and sweet message.

Looking for a little Zen And The Art of Bumble? Here's how to ask someone out on Bumble, after that canny little pick-up line you opened up with.

Ambush Them With Your Phone Number

OK, so this doesn't totally count as asking someone out. Also, sharing unsolicited digits is more of an offer that says “let's do this” rather than “full-scale ambush.” If you are a busy lady with no time to waste, after your opening line and a few “is that your dog/niece/baby?” exchanges, just slide that phone number into your match's Bumble DMs. You can say something super simple like: “If you'd like to meet up sometime, here's my number.”

This is actually great for the faint of heart. Your match either texts you or they don't in a zero stakes game. If you are feeling bolder, ask for your match's number. Then you get to decide when to text and ask them what night works for them. In no time, you'll have a date and an excuse to get your eyebrows done. Go girl.

Ask Them To Go To A Specific Place

So you opened with a sparkling line like “pizza or tacos?” and your match agreed that tacos are #1 because they are not a socio (just kidding, this is a very divisive question). Still, you start talking about your favorite tacos (or pizza), and eventually one of you trails off and you never meet up in life, and now you just know a stranger's preference for tacos over pizza, right?

No way, you don't have time for that. This is the perfect segue into asking a match on Bumble out: Pick the specific taco spot they mentioned, and ask them if Wednesday or Thursday works to go check it out. (Not before confirming that said taco place also has bomb margaritas.) A guy recently asked me out on an app in very specific terms and because I have manners, I replied right away and we ended up having a great date. And a second one. Specifics are key.

Or, Ask Them If They Are Free On A Specific Date

This is essentially the same as asking a match out on a very specific date, only it puts less of the onus on you to make the actual plans. If you're feeling a little more tepid about asking your match out, ask them if they are around Thursday night or tell them a particular night that you are free. (Or a particular day, if you are one of the brave ones who can handle a first date before noon.)

If you can establish an evening you both are free, you can commit to it and make plans from there without feeling like you're investing too much in a veritable stranger.

Forget Playing It Cool, And Just Do It

Who Should Pick Up The Check On A First Date? [Microships]


The best kind of date that a match on a dating app could ask me out on would be one with a specific time and place that demonstrated some thoughtfulness. If he asked me out in a straightforward, confident way, I would be that much more excited for our date. Gender norms are on their way out, so if you really want to ask out a Bumble match, just do it. Pick an awesome bar, maybe even one near their ‘hood, and ask them if they would like to meet you there Thursday night at 8 p.m. If they say no, good riddance.

This will be super empowering for you, attractive to them, and will probably make you feel like Wonder Woman.

There's too much stress and anxiety in the news, so distract yourself with a fun date this week by asking someone out on Bumble. Your dad probably had to ask your mom out by calling up her house, talking to her parents, and then asking her to the movies. You just have to type a few characters into a hand-computer. Do the thing.

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on August 16, 2017 05:43 PM tagged with millennials

Now that summer's coming to an end, airplane ticket prices are dropping — and I'm not complaining. While fall is a cheaper time to book in general, a JetBlue flash sale has $49 plane tickets, which feels extra affordable. However, there's a small catch: You have to act fast, because the sale ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Before you race to schedule your next getaway, here's the lowdown on those coveted $49 one-way tickets available during JetBlue's (nearly over) two-day event.

For $49 You Can Take The Following Flights:

From St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to San Juan, Puerto Rico; from Long Beach, California to San Jose, California; from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Chicago, Illinois; and from San Jose, California to Long Beach, California.

If those don't work for you, the sale includes plenty more routes for varying (still affordable) prices, ranging between $54 and $259.

The Small Print

Your travel dates have to fall between Sept. 6 and Nov. 7 with the exception of JetBlue's blackout dates, which include Sept. 20 through Sept. 25 and Oct. 5 through Oct. 9. Even so, it's hard to pass up such affordable airfare.

JetBlue isn't the only airline posting super affordable fares at the moment, as a scroll through your favorite cheap flights app will prove.

In a blog post for USA Today,'s CEO, Rick Seaney, explained why prices drop at the end of the summer and throughout fall. He said,

When children go back to school, demand takes a dive which prompts the airlines to lower their fares. Fall is cheap and, where airfares are concerned, fall arrives in August.

Makes sense! Honestly, JetBlue's $49 price tag is wonderful. However, as we recently reported, round trip flights to Hawaii are currently going for under $400, making for an equally enticing deal.

So, the question is this: Where would you like to go before your Thanksgiving trip home?

I'd like to go everywhere.

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on August 16, 2017 05:40 PM tagged with jetblue

SOMEBODY GET ME AN ICE PACK, DAMMIT. I can't stop sweating while looking at pics of shirtless Peter Kraus eating bacon. The man posted the hottest pic on Instagram and now I need cold compresses on my forehead immediately. There's a 89 percent chance I will actually pass out, so maybe like, call my mom? After Peter cried on The Bachelorette and left the show without a fiancée, fans had exactly three questions (no more, no less): 1) Does Peter Kraus have a girlfriend? 2) Where does Peter live so I can move there immediately? 3) Does anyone else think Peter is gonna be a banging grandpa 'cause that silver fox knows how to work that salt-and-pepper hair??? MAKE OUT WITH ME.

On the beautiful morning of Aug. 16, the entire world was blessed with this gorgeous picture of Peter's nipples, biceps, and a plate of overcooked bacon. The question on everyone's mind though, is WHO THE HELL TOOK THIS PHOTO? Peter either prompted his iPhone up on a stack of books and set a timer, or there's a mystery woman in his life cooking him breakfast.


Whatever, let's forget about her and focus on what this post is really about: Peter's nipples. Everyone, please, bow your heads and take a moment of silence to honor Peter's nips. I zoomed in on the juicy parts of the pic and posted them on Twitter so the whole world can drool with me. When I die, please invite Peter to my funeral so he can stand over my dead body shirtless while “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts plays in the background. What? It's romantic.

Peter posted the photo with the caption,

#WorkoutWednesday starts in the kitchen. #bacon

I would pay 3 million dollars and donate five body parts if I could cook Peter bacon. It would be an honor to feed this man. After stalking Peter's Instagram and watching interviews of him after The Bachelorette, I feel like it's safe to say PETER IS SINGLE HEHEHHEHE COME TO MAMA.

I love you, Peter. Can't wait to spend forever by your side.

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on August 16, 2017 05:29 PM tagged with Bachelorette
 Google is launching a new feature for Google Maps for Android and mobile search today: question and answers. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise when I tell you that this feature allows you to ask questions about a place and answer other users’ inquiries and indeed, it’s that straightforward. Starting now, when you find a place in Google Maps, for example, you can… Read More
on August 16, 2017 05:26 PM tagged with Google-Maps
 Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group made up of business leaders from various industries, has reportedly disbanded. CNBC says the group has agreed to terminate as a whole, which is distinct from what’s occurring with Trump’s manufacturing council, where leaders are leaving one-by-one, including 3M and Campbell’s Soup CEOs who left earlier today. The… Read More
on August 16, 2017 05:23 PM tagged with Ford
 ARKit is one of the biggest changes in iOS 11. Under the hood, Apple is about to transform the iPhone into a very capable augmented reality device. Felix Lapalme‏ has been looking at assets in the Maps app package to find out if the company is going to leverage augmented reality for turn-by-turn directions. On July 22nd, he dug around a beta version of iOS 11 and found this mysterious 3D… Read More
on August 16, 2017 05:19 PM tagged with ios 11

In what’s been a fairly wretched summer box-office season, Oscar-winners Casey Affleck, Brie Larson, and Matthew McConaughey had some of the worst of it with “A Ghost Story,” “The Glass Castle,” and “The Dark Tower.” Casting didn’t drive those failures, but possessing Hollywood’s most-coveted award offered little or no bottom-line benefit.

Beyond creating certain mention in the first sentence of an obituary, the long-term impact of an Oscar is never clear. In the 15 years since Halle Berry won an Oscar for “Monster’s Ball,” her roles have ranged from decorative to derivative — a trend that continued with this late-summer’s release of the low-budget, don’t-mess-with-Mama thriller “Kidnap.”

Still, is it too much to expect a short-term uptick in interest and box office? The summer of 2017 suggests that may be the case.

Kong Skull Island

“Kong: Skull Island”

Warner Bros.

Brie Larson
Best Actress, 2016
Oscar-winning film: “Room,” A24 ($14.7M)

Since “Room,” Larson starred in three releases. The biggest is Universal’s “Kong: Skull Island,” which opened March 10 and grossed $567 million worldwide — but Larson seems like an afterthought. (In the trailer, she’s limited to looking very concerned.)

“Free Fire,” an ensemble crime thriller directed by Ben Wheatley, premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival and opened in April 2017, a month after “Kong.” Rather than go for a slower rollout, A24 decided to put Wheatley’s film in 1,070 theaters; opening weekend was just under $1 million, with a $1.8 million run.

This summer’s “Glass Castle” reunited Larson with her “Short Term 12” director, Destin Daniel Cretton, and seemed to present the best chance to trade on her Academy bona fides. Lionsgate was the distributor, and they previously nurtured Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, and Shailene Woodley — albeit in YA franchises rather than the harder-to-market standalone-drama.

Marketing referred to Larson’s Oscar, but reviews ranged from modest to dismissive and business followed suit. Opening weekend August 11 was $4.7 million in 1,461 theaters. That’s nearly identical to Disney’s 2016 opening of another female-driven family-drama adaptation, “The Light Between Oceans,” which starred best supporting actress winner Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”). It earned $12 million domestic total.

Larson’s win could still translate into strong results. Her directorial debut “Unicorn Store” was just added to Toronto, and she’s the lead in the upcoming Marvel film “Captain Marvel.”

“A Ghost Story”

Casey Affleck
Best Actor, 2017
Oscar-winning film: “Manchester By the Sea,” Amazon/Roadside Attractions ($47.7M)

Affleck followed “Manchester by the Sea” with an ultra-low budget, almost experimental drama, “A Ghost Story;” David Lowery premiered his film at Sundance just before Affleck’s Oscar win. Costarring Rooney Mara (who, with Affleck, starred in Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), A24’s “A Ghost Story” earned excellent-to-rapturous reviews. However, it struggled to gain much traction since its July 7 release and will make about $1.5 million.

As a quirky, quasi-genre romance, it’s a difficult film to market. However, it also reinforces the idea Oscar acclaim doesn’t equate with audiences in theaters. Affleck’s next project is the HBO miniseries “Lewis and Clark;” he’ll also reteam with Lowery on “The Old Man and the Gun” for Fox Searchlight.

“The Dark Tower”


Matthew McConaughey
Best Actor, 2014
Oscar-winning film: “Dallas Buyers Club,” Focus Features ($27.3M)

Challenges facing Sony’s would-be franchise “The Dark Tower” are well documented, and have little or nothing to do with stars McConaughey and Idris Elba. However, it’s his first would-be tentpole movie since the Oscar win and certainly meant to reflect his continued box-office draw. At $51 million worldwide since its August 4 release, the film appears to be a genuine flop.

That’s all the more painful considering McConaughey’s other post-Oscar work. Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees” (A24) was a critical and commercial disaster. A Civil War drama from STX, “Free State of Jones,” barely managed to gross $21 million.

Next came “Gold,” released by The Weinstein Co. in a late-December qualifying run with a trailer that trumpets McConaughey and his Oscar win. Optimistic to the end, they went with wide release in late January, but earned $7.2 million the domestic total.

The Revenant

Of course, three examples aren’t definitive; Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne seem to be doing just fine, thanks. Still, it could suggest Leonardo Dicaprio knew what he was doing when he took at least three years between his 2016 win for “The Revenant” and whatever his next film will be. After all, he’s got nothing to prove — and the best way to avoid the question of whether Oscars increase his value at the box office is to steer clear of it altogether.

on August 16, 2017 05:13 PM tagged with Matthew McConaughey

To truly enjoy the wonders of fall, there are a few things every sister squad must cross off their bucket list: drink a pumpkin spice latte, crunch the crunchiest leaf on the ground, and visit the pumpkin patch. The latter is an autumnal tradition that we can't get enough of throughout the season. There's something about the simplicity of selecting the perfect pumpkin that can fill even the darkest hearts with youthful joy. Some of the best pumpkin patches are right in your backyard, so get to exploring this fall.

If you and your sister are #obsessed with fall, a trip to the pumpkin patch is the ultimate best friend date. Not only will you both come home with your very own pumpkin, but you can explore the other produce and activities that are bound to be at any pumpkin patch. From corn mazes and hayrides to arts and crafts, the special perks of a pumpkin patch are too good for any fall lover to miss. Here are just a few of the most fun and unique pumpkin patches that any sister squad who loves fall just can't pass up.

1. The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York

At The Great Pumpkin Farm, you can expect fun and cool finds any day of the week. On weekdays, you can shop for your pumpkin, delicious autumn treats, and other Halloween decor. Each weekend is a special festival to celebrate the seasonal fun of fall. These festivals include hay rides, a corn maze, amusement park rides, and costume contests.

2. Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch in Dallas, Texas

Inside the Dallas Arboretum is the great pumpkin village of Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. Thousands of pumpkins create fall-themed art and a literal fairy tale village. This year, the theme “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!” draws inspiration from The Wizard of Oz. Different pumpkin varieties are on display to view and buy, so little ones of all ages can learn to identify them.

3. Vala's Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Nebraska

Vala's Pumpkin Patch may look more like an amusement park, but really it's the best of both worlds. There are several mazes (both the corn and haunted kind), lots of animals, and endless activities for the whole family, including mini golf, paintball, and shopping. Amidst all the festivities, don't let yourself forget about bringing home the perfect pumpkin.

4. Craven Farm in Snohomish, Washington

At Craven Farm, you can expect to find lots more than just the average pumpkin. The farm sells many varieties of pumpkin as well as other fall produce. Other activities include a themed corn maze that's open late for night owls, a selection of food and decor at the gift shop, and lots of activities for everyone to enjoy. It sure helps that the farm is absolutely beautiful, because it is often booked for weddings and other events.

5. Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, California

With a Guinness-certified record for the world's largest temporary corn maze, it's kind of hard not to be impressed with Cool Patch Pumpkins. The maze is certainly one you'll want to check off your bucket list this season. Cool Patch's pumpkin patch features food, hayrides, a mini maze, and a pumpkin cannon for visitors to try.

6. Papa's Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck, North Dakota

Papa's Pumpkin Patch is the place to be to enjoy fall's most seasonal activities. There are tons of spots on the farm for photo-ops with your sister, and lots of activities at the patch are free. There's also food and a gift shop, so you'll be all set for the perfect autumn day.

7. Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch in Middletown, Maryland

Apart from a huge pumpkin patch and a 15-acre corn maze, Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch also boasts more than 6,500 square feet of shopping. Yes, you read that correctly. Needless to say, your wallet might need to be on lockdown if you decide to take a trip to Jumbo's.

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7 Best Pumpkin Patches Every Sister Squad Who Loves Fall Needs To Visit

on August 16, 2017 05:12 PM tagged with Sister


Garden-Inspired Recipes and Parties with @amybethellice_

To see more of Amy-Beth’s party-planning tips and tricks, follow @amybethellice_ on Instagram.

When Amy-Beth Ellice (@amybethellice_) needs a bunch of lavender wisteria draped across a table or a handful of raspberries to decorate a freshly baked cake, she doesn’t have to go far. “Growing up in the countryside, I’ve always been inspired by our garden and flowers at home,” says the 19-year-old baker and party designer from Essex, England. Just a toddler when her mother introduced her to the kitchen, Amy-Beth was soon taste-testing her own recipes; from there, she published her first cookbook at just 16 years old.

Often planning and throwing dinner parties for friends and family, Amy-Beth’s tips for romantic English place settings, pretty flower arrangements and rustic desserts all boil down to one thing: “Use fresh ingredients,” she says. “I just love using things from the garden. As long as I think everything looks beautiful and tastes great, that’s what I really enjoy for the table.”

on August 16, 2017 05:11 PM tagged with Instagram

Now that summer's coming to a close, you might be looking for one last vacation before diving back into work. Or, now that the change of seasons is upon us, perhaps you're looking for a way to celebrate fall and all that comes along with it. No matter the time of year, I guarantee you're going to find a million reasons to book a ticket for the Napa Valley Wine Train. Without question, this will be one of your best traveling experiences yet, because the train will take you from vineyard to vineyard.

The three-to-six hour excursions — running from Napa to St. Helena and back — gives customers a blast from the past thanks to the early 20th-century train cars. While journeying back in time, there's the option to participate in a murder-mystery dinner ride to satisfy those The Girl on the Train vibes (see what I did there?). Maybe you're looking to plan a special evening for your honey, in which case the Romance on the Rails package is going to be a must-buy for you and your SO. With dozens of different options, you have a menu full of different types of entertainment… and wine.

Speaking of the menu, who wouldn't want a glass of vino to pair with dishes like lemon ricotta ravioli or brown butter-smeared corn bread? Delicious options abound! All foodies and adventurous travelers should experience this at some point in their lives. It's a lot better than the train ride you take to get to work.

old-fashioned train from the 20th century going through the green napa valley vineyards in california

Aside from the entertainment and delicious aspects of the $146 events, wine does have its benefits. For one, enjoying a glass could help unleash your creative side, so a trip like this could inspire your next big project. It's time to get those DIY vibes going, people.

Red Wine vs White Wine Women


A glass of vino can also unleash, um, other types of creative energy, too, so it's a good thing you booked the Romance on the Rails package while you could. Your sweetheart will thank you for a dose of romance and steaminess.

See? You needed a reason to take time from work, and here it is. Cheers to that! We'll see you on the train.

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This Wine Train Takes You On A Journey Through Vineyards And We'd Like To Sign Up

on August 16, 2017 05:11 PM tagged with Wine

The Ethereum Blockchain could cause major disruptions in the very centralized world of insurance as Umbrella Coin looks to make claims on hidden costs of insurance a democratic process.

The insurance business is the latest sector to come under the scrutiny of disruptive technology from the Ethereum Blockchain, with Umbrella Coin hoping that decisions on payouts can be done securely on a trustless network, thereby avoiding the middlemen.

The world of insurance operates in a space full of out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and excesses. Umbrella Coin is looking to enter that space by employing smart contracts to do the work of middlemen, hopefully reducing the costs.

Additionally, instead of decisions being made by insurers looking to protect their bottom line, users who are both the insured and the insurer's on Umbrella Coin’s UMC network, under active development for the moment, will be the ones making the decisions on claims.

Cutting out the fat middle

There is a lot of money and work that goes into deciding payments on claims in the insurance business, and this cost is almost always incorporated into fees and premiums as these middle men are paid to decide.

However, Umbrella Coin believes there is the possibility of cutting out this additional work through smart contracts, and with that, some of the out-of-pocket fees of insurance are expected to fall.

These are not the only reasons why insurance can cost so much, or why it can affect people’s out-of-pocket expenses when making claims, but they play a role.

The vote of the people

The idea from Umbrella Coin is that if the middle men are no longer present, fees should drop and claim decisions will be made for the correct reasons, not just in order to protect the bottom line.

Making UMC holders both the insurers and policyholders will see those who are insured voting on other’s claims, essentially deciding if payment should be made.

There can be red flags, as democracy in itself can be subject to collusion and manipulation, but according to CEO Terry Tata, there are incentives for the population to pay out:

“Ideally, we’d want everyone to know we’re trying to keep everyone on our end solvent, so denying someone else’s legitimate claim doesn’t help their claim in any way.”

However, Umbrella Coin recognizes that this may not address everyone’s concerns, so they plan to introduce rewards and punishments:

“We intend to provide some incentives in the form of a reduced cooling period, and an increased maximum amount attainable for good “citizens” of our democracy who execute their civic duty in a timely manner and with good results.”

Breaking the walls of insurance policies

At its heart, an insurance policy is a complicated benefit payout for when an event occurs that necessitates funding. It is that complication that has led to many feeling irked by insurance, and setting the sector up for disruptive technology.

Umbrella Coin’s aim seems to be to slowly break the barriers that insurance put up, and by using self-executing smart contracts, peer-to-peer benefit pay outs and democratic decisions, there will hopefully be a lot less mystery around this convoluted form of money management.

on August 16, 2017 05:06 PM tagged with Insurance
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on August 16, 2017 05:01 PM tagged with Culture
 G Suite, Google’s set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these updates focus around collaboration, but the service is also getting support for Google Cloud Search and the company is adding new templates and add-ons from partners like LegalZoom, DocuSign, LucidChart and others. Read More
on August 16, 2017 05:01 PM tagged with G Suite

As the nation reels from the violence in Charlottesville and a disgraceful response from the White House, many Americans find themselves stunned at the outpouring of racism in our own backyards. But the United States has a long history with racism, right down to the very first colonizers. Native American identities and perspectives have been silenced for too long, as evidenced in this powerful short documentary, “A Conversation With Native Americans on Race.”

Much like Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” the film sets its subjects against a simple background, their words leading the narrative. Their pain is palpable as they discuss their Native identity and what it means to them, revealing the divisive practice of counting one’s Native blood, known as blood quantum. One interviewee relates this to the way purebred animals are discussed, another points to its hidden purpose of circumventing land preservation laws.

The short was directed by Michele Stephenson, director of 2013’s “American Promise,” with Joe Brewster. That film followed two African American boys, one of them the filmmakers’ son, over 12 years in the New York City school system. “American Promise” received a special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy. Stephenson worked with the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning Op-Docs series from The New York Times.

Watch the moving short below:

on August 16, 2017 05:01 PM tagged with The New York Times

We've got a new installment in the decoupled Drupal project we're working on with Elevated Third and Hoorooh.

The project we're documenting was one we worked on for Powdr Resorts, one of the largest ski operators in North America.

The first installment in the series was A Deep Dive into a Decoupled Drupal 8 Project.

on August 16, 2017 05:01 PM

Pushing clean codes is not every one cups of tea, it needs extensive knowledge and practice. Before a website go live, it needs to pass certain standards and checks in order to deliver quality experience. Certainly, a clean website is a demand of almost every client and it should be. 

In this blog post, you will learn why we need to implement git pre-commit hook? how it works? Simultaneously, we will also attempt to implement working examples in order to have better understanding.

Why we need to implement git pre-commit hook

Any website going live should pass certain standards and checks. If the web is built on any framework, then these checks are mandatory. How to ensure all developers are committing clean code? One way is to do code review,…

on August 16, 2017 05:01 PM

OK, so we're only two episode into the new season of Bachelor in Paradise, but, if you've been keeping up, you know there is already a lot that has gone down. Between scandals, hookups, and surprises, this is already shaping up to be “the most dramatic season ever” (copyright Chris Harrison). Naturally, it's hard not to fixate on the potential couples we will be seeing together over the next few weeks. With that in mind, many fans of Bachelor nation have one major question in mind these days: Are Danielle and Wells dating after Bachelor in Paradise?

So far we've seen plenty of gorgeous past contestants from the Bachelor and the Bachelorette getting to (re)know each other in paradise and, of course, we already have our favorite couples picked out in our minds. Everyone knows Taylor and Derek are adorable together, and nobody can deny Dean and Kristina are perfect for each other, but what about the couples that aren't really ~couples~ yet? You know I'm talking about Danielle M. and Wells.

Apparently, Danielle and Wells, having met each other in Nashville where they both lived, have been friends for years and, although Wells is only in paradise to replace our fave bartender, Jorge, Danielle has made it pretty clear she might be interested in something more than the hottie's drinks this season (get your minds outta the gutter, you garbage people, I'm talkin' about his love!).

Though Wells has said he's not in paradise looking for love, it seems like Danielle might just try to spark up a romance with him anyway. And, of course, people are already shipping these two because, honestly, why wouldn't we? They're constantly posting pics together on Instagram, they're both the same age (not that that matters), and they obviously share a bond having gone through the same reality TV experiences, so really they do seem kinda perfect together.

The only thing that would suck about a Wanielles romance is that would mean Wells couldn't be our next Bachelor, but I'm sure a Bachelor wedding special à la Carly and Evan will ease the pain for all of us.

I guess for now all we can do is wait and see (and tweet). Hopefully, these two will be posting adorable Instagram pics as a couple sooner rather than later.

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Fans Are Shipping Danielle M. & Wells On ‘Bachelor in Paradise' & We're Into It

on August 16, 2017 04:51 PM tagged with Bachelor

Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, will make her feature directorial debut with Lionsgate’s adaptation of “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the only novel ever written by prolific British playwright Oscar Wilde. Variety initially reported the news.

Adding a contemporary twist to the Victorian novel about a narcissistic young man who stays young while his portrait ages, the title character will be a woman. David Birke, who wrote the script for Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” will pen the adaptation with Clark directing.

The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter began her career as a member of the band The Polyphonic Spree and toured with Sufjan Stevens. Her fourth solo album, self-titled St. Vincent, won a Grammy award for Best Alternative Album in 2015. Clark’s previous film, a short titled “XX,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and starred Melanie Lynskey, Joe Swanberg, and Sheila Vand.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” has received many screen adaptations over the years, most notable the 1945 version directed by Albert Lewin and starring Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders and a young Angela Lansbury, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting actress.

on August 16, 2017 04:40 PM tagged with St. Vincent
 Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that’s available on a lot of other services. As the company becomes increasingly focused on mobile and discovery centered around photos, users will start expecting the kinds of behaviors that exist on other services to exist on Pinterest. Read More
on August 16, 2017 04:39 PM tagged with instagram

Demi Lovato is out here looking like revenge, feeling like a 10, the best she's ever been — or at least that's how she says it in the opening lines of her absolutely IDGAF comeback single, “Sorry Not Sorry.” For the video, she throws a “house party” à la Project X where her friends all dare each other to make out and she dances around in thigh-high purple boots screaming about being carefree, cool, and not sorry about it. In other words, it's the perfect summer pop chart-topper, so why again wasn't Demi Lovato nominated for a VMA?

The answer to this one is simple. Like Jay-Z and Selena Gomez, whose summer revelations 4:44 and “Fetish” also aren't nominated, Lovato missed the cutoff date. “Sorry Not Sorry” was released on July 11, a little over two weeks past the last day of eligibility for the 2017 VMAs, which recognize music released between June 25, 2016 and June 23, 2017.

Next year's Best Pop category, where “Sorry Not Sorry” would be most likely to earn a nomination, is already looking stacked as many artists like Lovato prioritize sweet spot summer release dates over assurances of VMA eligibility. Gomez, for example, will surely be in the running for either “Bad Liar,” “Fetish” or both, and Kesha will put up a fight with her raw comeback track “Praying.”

This will be the first VMAs since 2011 where Lovato won't take home any hardware. In the past, she's won Best Video with Social Message for her uplifting “Skyscraper” and Best Song of the Summer for “Cool for the Summer.” Despite an impressive five career VMA wins, Lovato has yet to take home the night's biggest prize, Video of the Year. “Sorry Not Sorry” may put her in the running, but with Taylor Swift due to end her three-year pop hiatus any day now, and Gomez's album looming huge the horizon, it's going to be tough.

Demi Lovato is wearing a white shirt and smiling. She is being interviewed.

Francois G. Durand/ Getty Images

No need to feel bad for Lovato, though. These days, she seems to care about proving herself about as much as her character in the “Sorry Not Sorry” video cares about having a clean house and drinking responsibly. It's easy to forget that Lovato, only 24, is a veteran of the music industry; she released her first album at 16 and began starring in her own Disney Channel show soon after. The world has watched her overcome an eating disorder, substance addiction, and bipolar disorder diagnosis since then, so it's hard not to be happy when you see today's carefree Lovato, so happy on “Sorry Not Sorry” that she's making everyone else feel bad, riding the IDGAF rainbow, even if there is no VMA at the end.

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Demi Lovato Wasn't Nominated For A VMA, And There's A Simple Reason Why

on August 16, 2017 04:36 PM tagged with Entertainment

It's almost time to start rocking those cute oversized sweaters with your girls and posing among the vibrantly colored leaves. Don't act like you're not excited about those fall outfits making their debut on your Instagram or Facebook. And while a picture may be worth a thousand words, it's almost a guarantee you'll want to have a running list of cute fall quotes for your Instagram photos. An awesome caption ties the whole thing together.

Your girl squad is so amazing it can almost seem impossible to find a collection of words that describes them, yourself, and the season unfolding around you. Luckily, you'll have the ultimate prop of fall for your sweater weather pictures with your girls. We all like to slay our own different style in any season, so you won't want something that just applies to a single one of you. No pressure, but just like your outfits, you're going to need some options to sift through before you make any final decisions.

From the average Joe or literary predecessors, quotes are a perfect way to caption pictures on our social media platforms. I'm not sure when the caption became so important, but we are definitely here for it. The caption can make or break the entire vibe of your picture, so choose wisely. If you're all geared up with your sweaters and your girl squad, explore some of these options to seal the deal.

1. “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” — Chad Sugg

2. “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” — Jim Bishop

3. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus

4. “Autumn… the year's last, loveliest smile.” — William Cullen Bryan

5. “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” — Stanley Horowitz

6. “How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” — John Burroughs

7. “The leaves are all falling, and they're falling like they're falling in love with the ground.” — Andrea Gibson

8. “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” — Elizabeth Lawrence

9. “You can't hide your true colors as you approach the autumn of your life.” — Unknown

10. “There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” Joe L. Wheeler

11. “October is a symphony of permanence and change.” — Bonaro W. Overstreet

12. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

13. “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” — Oscar Wilde

14. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman

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14 Cute Fall Quotes For Your Sweater Weather Pictures With Your Girls

on August 16, 2017 04:26 PM tagged with LIFE

Doesn't it suck when you lose something as precious as a meaningful piece of jewelry? In what seems like a real life version of the nursery rhyme Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, a woman named Mary found her lost diamond ring on a garden carrot. The 84-year-old from Alberta, Canada misplaced her diamond ring while gardening in 2004, and her daughter-in-law found it while pulling carrots from the garden in 2017. Not kidding.

Mary has had the ring since 1951 and tells CBC News Canada that as soon as she lost the ring, she replaced it because “[she] thought for sure [her husband would] give [her] heck or something.” Aside from the miraculous homecoming the ring had, the best part of this story is the ring still fits Mary perfectly.

Her daughter-in-law said that as soon as she saw the ring, she knew it belonged to Mary because no other women had lived on the farm. But let's not forget the fact that it was found in perfect condition on a carrot that grew inside of it.

Naturally, this story has taken the Twitterverse by storm with some people in shock that the ring was found at all, and others taking the opportunity to make jokes.

“Some might say this is a one carrot ring…”

Very clever.

“I guess that answers the ‘how many Carats was the diamond?'”

“‘Long lost diamond ring turns up on a garden carrot' Wow.”

“What carat was that…carrot…ring? Geddit?!”

Now that they've gotten to the root of the problem and have found the ring, Mary wears it proudly as a memory of her late husband who died five years ago. Stories like Mary's are ones of hope and prove that even when you think you've lost something for good, you should look a little deeper.

Who knows, what you're looking for might be hiding right on a carrot in your garden. Gotta love the internet.

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Woman Finds Lost Diamond Ring On A Garden Carrot 13 Years Later, So That's Lucky

on August 16, 2017 04:23 PM tagged with twitter

Joomla Virtuemart Marketplace integration for Community Builder:

Joomla Virtuemart Marketplace integration for Community Builder is an another addon in Virtuemart Marketplace extensions category, with the help of this plugin, the seller registration become just one click process. This plugin provides a feature “Manage Connections” with the help of which you can connect with other users on the Marketplace.This plugin would work only if you have installed “Community Builder, Webkul’s Joomla Virtuemart Multi Vendor Marketplace_5.x.


  • Become seller instantly, after installation of this pluign with our Virtuemart Multi-vendor Marketplace to become a seller is very easy prcess.
  • User can add seller’s product(s) to Favorite.
  • User can follow sellers of Marketplace.
  • This plugin easily configurable.
  • Uer can see seller’s Social profile links.


First of all install the Community Builder(version_2.1x) on your Virtuemart Multi-vendor Marketplace store.


Then, browse upload and install the zip file that you have purchased from Webkul store.Please follow the steps as mentioned in the below images.


Now, click on Plugin Management to make “Marketplace” published.

Click on plugin management


Click on “Tab Managemnet” now, to configure “Display and Position”.

Click on_Tab Management


Now, in this step users have to register themself in “Community”.

Sign up
Please Note: After successful registration user can become a seller just click on the “Become Seller” button.

In this step users can see all the users those are online.

online users

Here you can see that each user can send send request to another user(s) also can remove conncetions form his list.

Manage Connections

An user can see seller’s social profile links, can add seller’s product(s) in the favourite list.

seller's_social prfile jpg


That’s all for the Joomla Virtuemart Marketplace integration for Community Builder still, have any issue feel free to add a ticket and let us know your views to make the Plugin better
on August 16, 2017 04:13 PM tagged with webkul

Three Ukrainian lawmakers have admitted that they own large amounts of the Bitcoin. Meanwhile, the government is divided on virtual currency and Blockchain technology.

Three Ukrainian lawmakers have released information on their Bitcoin holdings, which are quite substantial. The legislators, Dmitry Golubov, Alexander Urbansky, and Dmitry Belotserkovets, are all members of the group “Petro Poroshenko Block.”

According to Russian news service RIA Novosti, Golubov has the largest Bitcoin holding among with 8,752 Bitcoins. At current prices, this amounts to about $36 mln. Urbansky and Belotserkovets have 2,494 and 398 Bitcoins, respectively.

Conflicted government

These disclosures come as the Ukrainian government considers measures to regulate digital currencies. The country’s central bank recently revealed that the legal and regulatory status of virtual currencies will be a major topic of discussion at the next meeting of the Financial Stability Board in late August.

At the same time, the Ukrainian central bank is considering regulating digital currencies, and several government agencies have launched programs to integrate Blockchain technology into their operations. One of these agencies is the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food, which in October will begin the pilot run of a new land registry powered by Blockchain.

According to First Deputy Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food, Maksym Martyniuk, the trial will be conducted at the country’s State Land Cadastre. The technology will be used to digitize auctions for leases of state land.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian police continue their campaign against the use of cryptocurrencies in the country. Local sources report that authorities have raided a state-owned facility where they discovered and confiscated a large cache of Bitcoin mining machines.

These developments show that the Ukrainian government is deeply conflicted and has no concrete plan yet on how to deal with the digital currencies. It will be interesting to see which faction wins and to gauge its impact on the market.

on August 16, 2017 04:13 PM tagged with Government

The Lightning Network will be “highly centralized,” developer Gavin Andresen has said.

Bitcoin developer Gavin Andresen has said he believes the Lightning Network will be “highly centralized” when it eventually rolls out.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Andresen, who has become a source of commentary on the progress of the Bitcoin network, added that he was “OK” with the Lightning prognosis.

“I predict Lightning Network will be highly centralized in practice (big hubs at wallets/exchanges will dominate),” he wrote. “I'm ok with that, too.”

A previous message had made similar assertions about Blockstream’s newly-revealed plans to broadcast Bitcoin transactions via satellite from space. In this, Andresen won support from Litecoin creator Charlie Lee.

The comments present an uncommon view of the Lightning Network, the benefits of which have been one of the most uniting factors behind the Bitcoin community locking in SegWit August 9.

Anticipation is broadly strong, as seen in Bitcoin’s subsequent upward price movement which began in the run-up to the lock-in date and continued through this week.

So-called ‘layer two’ solutions, of which Lightning is one, are considered to work best for the Bitcoin network once SegWit is already activated.

on August 16, 2017 04:01 PM tagged with Gavin Andresen
 Amazon today announced a new program that gives developers a way to earn money for their Alexa skills – the voice apps that run on smart speakers like the Echo, and other Alexa-powered devices. According to the company, developers will be compensated for top-performing and “engaging” voice apps across over a half-dozen categories, including games, which were previously… Read More
on August 16, 2017 04:01 PM tagged with app-store
 Microsoft announced a new product in its Azure line-up in preview today that will make it easier for developers to build event-based applications. The Azure Event Grid makes events (like uploading a picture or video, clicking a button, updating a database, etc.) first-class Azure objects. Event Grid complements Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft’s existing serverless offerings. Read More
on August 16, 2017 04:01 PM tagged with Serverless
 Roughly 1 in 30 Facebook users tells someone Happy Birthday each day, showing Facebook’s first major emergent behavior is still going strong. Now Facebook is equipping the 45 million people sending birthday wishes each day with some new features. Now instead of just posting a soulless “HBD” or “Happy Birthday!” on someone’s wall with no personal message,… Read More
on August 16, 2017 04:01 PM tagged with Facebook birthday

As of late, every major fest has included some degree of television in its programming. But Tribeca is demonstrating a new level of commitment to episodic content with Tribeca TV, an entire festival dedicated to the small screen (to use an increasingly antiquated term).

Running September 22-24 in New York, Tribeca TV will feature the world premieres of the upcoming new series “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” as well as “Designated Survivor” Season 2 and “Red Oaks” Season 3. Also getting special previews are Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated “Better Things,” the fourth season of “Gotham,” the upcoming Sundance TV miniseries “Liar,” and NBC’s revival of classic sitcom “Will & Grace.”

Tribeca TV will also include a VR component, with the original documentary project “Look But With Love,” from Academy Award-winning Tribeca alum Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.

“Tribeca has proven itself to be the ideal home for showcasing excellence in storytelling, no matter the medium,” said Tribeca co-founder/executive chair Jane Rosenthal said in a statement. “The expansion into television is a natural progression in this evolving entertainment landscape.”

While this is Tribeca’s first festival devoted entirely to television, the fest has included series in its main April event, with shows including “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Night Of” making their world premiere debut in recent years. And as seen just this week, with the Toronto International Film Festival revealing this year’s new Primetime slate, it’s clear that television has infiltrated the fest circuit like never before.

Check out the trailer for the festival below, as well as full details on the line-up. Tribeca TV will run September 22-24.

“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (truTV) – Series Premiere – World Premiere
“Strangers with Candy,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: Amy Sedaris is one of the great comic performers of our day. But did you know she is also a superlative homemaker and entertainer of guests? In this comedy series, a long-gestating passion project for its star, Amy will show off her diverse but necessary homemaking skills, which range from creating popsicle stick buddies and gutting a fish, to making raisin necklaces and entertaining businessmen.

After the world premiere of their new series, Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello will joined by moderator Andy Cohen to discuss the creation of this truly one-of-a-kind project, how they’ve partnered together through the years and how Amy maintains her unique vision across mediums of film, TV, print, publishing, and live performance.
·       Event time: September 22 at 8:15pm

“Better Things” (FX) – Special Sneak Peek

Emmy winner and New York City native Pamela Adlon is the creative mind behind breakout hit “Better Things,” in which she also stars as working actor and single mom-of-three Sam. Consistently hilarious, but always grounded, “Better Things” is a truly refreshing take on the tried-and-true family sitcom, with Adlon’s signature all over it (in addition to writing and starring duties, Adlon also directs every episode). In the midst of launching Season 2, and in the wake of her Best Actress Emmy nomination, Adlon will be joined by her co-creator Louis C.K. for an only-at-Tribeca conversation about her funny, bawdy, bittersweet brainchild, including the world premiere of “Better Things”’ upcoming episode “Robin.”
·       Event time:  September 22 at 6pm

“Designated Survivor” (ABC) – Season 2 Premiere – World Premiere

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol, on ABC’s hit drama “Designated Survivor.” In the second season of the dramatic thriller, President Kirkman is a year into his presidency and continuing to navigate the volatile – and sometimes dangerous world of Washington politics – while continuing the search for Patrick Lloyd, the mastermind behind one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.

After the screening we will be joined by stars Maggie Q, Kal Penn, and Italia Ricci for an exclusive conversation about the new season of this propulsive political thriller.
·       Event time: September 24 at 6pm

“Gotham” (FOX) – Special Sneak Peek

Revealing an entirely new chapter in the rise of the great DC Super-Villains, “Gotham” follows one cop as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. Season Four will witness the emergence of the criminal landscape Gotham City is best known for, with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains. While Gotham City fights for normalcy, a new hero will rise, as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) begins to assume responsibility for the city’s well-being.
Executive producer Danny Cannon will be joined by several of the remarkable ensemble cast, including Ben McKenzie, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, & Jessica Lucas. The panelists will offer a sneak peek at this new phase of New York’s best known alter-ego, as Gotham (the city) and “Gotham” (the show) both enter a new and exciting chapter.  The conversation will also feature the world premiere of the show’s upcoming “The Fear Reaper” episode.
·       Event time: September 23 at 4pm

“Liar” (SundanceTV) – Series Premiere International Premiere

After a seemingly innocent date between devoted teacher Laura (Joanne Froggatt) and renowned surgeon Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), a series of volatile accusations threaten to capsize their lives. Secrets and lies slowly unravel in this tense and gripping psychological thriller, where everyone is lying in some way until the truth ultimately reveals itself.  Creators Jack and Harry Williams, who have previously brought us crossover UK hits “The Missing” and “Fleabag,” now debut an intimate, twisting crime thriller where each new clue peels back another layer of these two complex characters.
After the premiere, the creators will be joined by star Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) for a conversation about their six-episode shocker: how they use current events to create dramatic tension and approach the thriller from a distinctly character-driven POV and what we can expect next after episode one’s bombshell first date.
·       Event time: September 23 at 7:45pm

“Look But With Love” (Within) – VR Series – World Premiere

Pioneering virtual reality and augmented reality company Within brings us the original documentary series “Look But With Love,” from Academy Award-winning Tribeca alum Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, produced by SOC Films and Here Be Dragons.  As the medium of VR continues to evolve, it has emerged as a perfect platform for episodic storytelling. Viewers are encouraged to revisit worlds that they would otherwise be unable to, developing a deeper understanding of story and place through the immersive technology. This 5-episode series follows the fearless and passionate citizens of Pakistan who are changing the socio-political landscape through brave and inspiring actions. From a group of women fighting terrorist insurgency with paramilitary training, to a woman teaching arts-deprived children to tell stories through dance, these subjects are remarkably introduced through moving live-action virtual reality rendered by a master documentarian.
·       Episode 1: A Story of Women and Episode 2: A Story of Dance of Look But With Love will be available to experience at no additional charge for ticket holders at the Festival. These experiences can be found on the 3rd floor of Cinépolis Chelsea.

“Queen Sugar” (OWN) – Season 2  Midseason Premiere

Executive Produced by Ava Duvernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer, “Queen Sugar” follows the Bordelon siblings as they struggle to move forward with their lives and strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Directed by Julie Dash, Season 2’s midseason premiere finds Darla sharing engagement news with the family, Micah finally coming to terms with his emotions, and Charley receiving an unexpected visit.
Following the episode, the cast of “Queen Sugar,” Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, will join us to discuss their acclaimed performances and rich characters, working with an all-female directing team, and maybe providing a few clues as to how Season 2 will end.
·       Event time: September 24 at 7:15pm

“Red Oaks” (Amazon) – Season 3 Premiere – World Premiere

It’s the summer of ’87 and change is in the air at Red Oaks. David is chasing his dream to become a director in NYC. Wheeler and Misty have taken their relationship to the next level but face unforeseen obstacles. Getty is making lemonade of lemons in prison. Sam (Richard Kind) and Judy (Jennifer Grey) are finding new and unexplored passions in Jersey. Meanwhile, back at Red Oaks, Nash finds that the club’s future might be in danger….
Executive Produced by independent film stalwarts Steven Soderbergh & David Gordon Green, Amazon’s nostalgic coming-of-age comedy returns for a third and final season of life lessons couched in summer shenanigans at Red Oaks country club.  Following the premiere of Season 3, stars Paul Reiser, Craig Roberts & Alexandra Turshen will be joined by Creators Joe Gangemi & Gregory Jacobs to reflect on their delightful gem of a show, its deft balance of comedy, drama, and nostalgia, and what new and returning audiences can look forward to this season.
·       Event time: September 24 at 5:00pm

“Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC) – Series Premiere

Jane Sadler is an overworked television producer and single mother, in the middle of a fractious separation, whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. And just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.
Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick, riveting as the complex Jane, also executive produces this new character-driven thriller.  She will be joined after the premiere of the series’ first two episodes by the rest of her all-female creative team, Creator Tassie Cameron and fellow Executive Producers Marcy Ross & Jill Littman, for an illuminating conversation about their smart and surprising take on the TV mystery-procedural.
·       Event time: September 24 at 3pm

“Will & Grace” (NBC) – Exclusive Special Conversation

In our era of ubiquitous remakes and reboots, is there any more anticipated reunion than the original cast of “Will & Grace”?  A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their iconic roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen.  On the eve of their new series launching September 28th, the fabulous foursome will be joined by co-creators/executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan for an intimate, and sure-to-be hilarious conversation about what to expect from our favorite 2000s New Yorkers in 2017.
·       Event time: September 23 at 7pm

YouTube’s “Creators for Change”
YouTube Creators for Change is a global initiative that supports creators who are tackling social issues and promoting awareness, tolerance and empathy on their YouTube channels. Creators for Change ambassadors and fellows are using their voices and creativity to speak out against hate speech, xenophobia and extremism. In collaboration with YouTube, these creators are showing their fans and the world new perspectives and new ways to drive social change.
·       Event time: September 22 at 6:30pm

on August 16, 2017 04:01 PM tagged with Will & Grace

This article demonstrate how to install Opencart via CLI (Command Line Interface). CLI SAPI(Server Application programming Interface) uses to develop shell application. Where the user commands to the program in the form of lines of texts and Shell or Command Language Interpreter handles the interface.

1. Download the latest Opencart 3.x.x.x from this

2. Then extract the zip and upload the files and folders which are in upload folder, to your root directory.

3. open your system terminal and go to your Opencart root directory in which you have uploaded the Opencart files.

To run a php file you needs to check whether CLI is installed in your server. For this you have to check by run php -v command on the terminal.

In the above screen shot you can see the PHP 7.0.22-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 (cli) means cli is installed on your server.

Now you just have to run the cli_install.php file by passing some arguments in the terminal. Here is the arguments

just run this above command with proper arguments then Opencart will be installed on your server.

on August 16, 2017 03:53 PM tagged with Uncategorized

The History of Smartphone Security and How to Stay Protected

The world was forever changed in 2000 when the Ericsson R380 model hit the market and laid claim to the title “first smartphone.” Though Motorola and Nokia had manufactured cell phones with internet capabilities years earlier, it was the R380 that introduced the Symbian operating system, heralded as revolutionary at the time, to mobile devices. Symbian became the standard OS after Nokia snatched up Symbian Ltd, began churning out smartphone models and dominated the cell phone industry for several years. What developers and users did not anticipate at the time, though, was that smartphones were not smart enough to evade malware attacks. Security measures would have to be taken by both manufacturers and end users.

The Birth and Growth of Smartphone Malware

The Symbian Worm

During the golden years of the Symbian age, mobile phones were believed to be impervious to virus infection and therefore had little if any security. It wasn’t until 2004 that a team of virus writers, operating under the name 29A, created the industry’s first known smartphone virus. Devised specifically for the Symbian operating system, the Cabir virus, also known as “Caribe,” was classified as a worm and was transmittable through Bluetooth. The 29A group claimed that Cabir was a “proof of concept” exercise, their goals being to see if infecting a smartphone was possible and if so, to encourage the development of security measures to prevent such an attack. The group even sent the virus concept to anti-malware firms for consideration, but after source code of the virus was leaked to the internet, it steadily began to infect cell phones globally. What began as a security measure prompted what’s considered the first significant cell phone virus.

Windows Assailants

Shortly after, as users began to take notice of Windows’ mobile operating system, Windows CE, so did virus writers. Within a month of each other, the first file infector virus, WinCE Duts, and the first backdoor program, WinCE Brador, delivered a one-two punch to Windows CE. Duts was designed to locate a smartphone’s root directory and infect executable files. Brador would sneakily open a smartphone port, allowing a remote user to access the device. Through this nefarious route, the remote user could access sensitive data, credit card numbers and physical addresses and the threat of losing more than the use of one’s smartphone became very real. With the introduction of Brador and Duts, users began to understand that the small computer they held in the palms of their hands was just as vulnerable as the PCs sitting on their desks at home. Though stealthy in nature, these two Win CE viruses could not hold a candle to what came next.

The Three Horsemen

The year 2004 was not yet done with the mobile phone malware assault. The Trojans were coming. Again targeting the Symbian OS, the first Trojan horse to appear came in the form of the innocuous Symbian game called “Mosquito.” But the SymbOSMisquit virus had altered the code of the “Mosquito,” so when users downloaded what they thought was a legitimate game, they allowed in a virus that sent SMS coded messages without the user’s knowledge. The next Trojan, Skuller, masqueraded as a wallpaper app for Symbian devices, but once downloaded, it would overwrite all original applications and delete all icons save for one — a skull and crossbones. The last Symbian Trojan popped up in January 2005. This one, Locknut, had detected a vulnerability in the Symbian OS: the system did not check the integrity of files. Locknut would create folders without code so that when the system went to execute the file, the system would freeze and the smartphone would be rendered useless. After the stampede of Trojans, more cell phone owners would seek anti-virus protection programs for their mobile devices, and independent companies like McAfee and Avast, along with heavyweights like Windows and Symbian, would roll out their own programs and updates with regularity.

Modern Defenses for Smartphone Users

Get Educated

Only 14 percent of Americans have an antivirus program installed on their smartphones. Most are simply still under the impression that their cell phones are not vulnerable, but installing smartphone antivirus and malware software is your first defense in ensuring the safety of your phone and your data.

The same malware fluent over a decade ago still lingers and mutates today. The self-replicating virus, the worm, is considered the most dangerous and damaging of the malware gang due to its ability to affect numerous devices and spread incredibly fast. However, a worm requires user permission through the downloading and launching of the virus, and users are better educated now about the risks of launching unknown attachments, especially those received through email.

Protecting your phone number is a simple step that could save users time and money. With numerous people-finder sites available to anyone with an internet connection, strangers can use your phone number to access personal information with great ease. Luckily, this issue has also become easier to address by the ability to block your phone number. Smartphone users can even block their numbers on a call-by-call basis for free. As smartphone users are more informed now than ever, the risks of contracting a virus decrease through simple education.

Limit Geolocation Access

Some of the coolest features of your smartphone may actually be used against you. The geolocation feature that informs your applications of your physical location may allow apps and ads to tailor to your preferences, but leaving those permissions active at all times means you allow hackers access to your whereabouts and patterns. Some apps that track your location have no feasible reason for doing do. If you use geolocation, be sure to only grant permission to those apps that require your location in order to function as intended.

Always Update

Though annoying, the updates that interrupt your smartphone usage are vital to the protection of your phone as manufacturers often initiate “patches” for vulnerabilities through the updates they send out. If your operating system is vulnerable, then every app on your phone is, too. Maintaining your sensitive data and personal privacy becomes simpler when you develop the habit of updating your OS and your apps regularly.

Be Camera Shy

Possibly the most used feature on your phone could be the most direct line to hijacking it along with all of your sensitive data. In addition to allowing you to capture the world around you, your phone’s camera can be captured by hackers and cyber criminals. Spy apps are readily available to anyone wanting to track someone’s phone, so be wary of any apps you download that ask for permission to access your smartphone’s camera and microphone.

Smartphone security has come a long way since the Cabir virus of 2004 when cell phones had virtually no security at all. But there is still a long way to go. All of the updates, app restrictions and security software in the world won’t matter, though, unless smartphone users know to use it.

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on August 16, 2017 03:42 PM tagged with Trojans

When Steven Soderbergh is asked about the state of filmmaking, he often points to the American films of the ’60s and ’70s as a counterpoint to the broken state of today’s industry. “The bottom line is that at a certain period in time, from 1966 to 1976, the most successful movies were also the best movies, and that’s just not true anymore,” the director said in a 2014 interview.

Soderbergh may complain a lot, but he’s never been passive about it. Throughout his career, he has constantly experimented with different ways to make and distribute his films by thinking outside the box and pioneering new technology. With “Logan Lucky,” Soderbergh’s finally fulfilling his plans to launch a self-distribution company capable of releasing a studio-size film, but it’s not the first ambitious effort in a career defined by risky maneuvers. Here are eight times the director broke the rules to reinvent himself as a filmmaker — and forged new rules that all filmmakers could learn from.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

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“sex, lies, and videotape”

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It’s hard to convey just how much Soderbergh’s 1989 debut, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” was a game-changer. Before the film’s breakout success, Sundance wasn’t a sales market, the Weinstein brothers were best known for producing a rock concert and the concept that an arthouse film for adults could turn a profit was virtually unthinkable.

“I don’t think anything would happen [if the film came out today],” said Soderbergh. “In the 1980s, the studios took over the movies. And we showed up at a moment when, on a mass level, audiences were ready again to see movies that felt like they’re were made by hand. That weren’t committee-driven. It was just timing. It was zeitgeist.”

“Sex, Lies, and Videotape” was the only time Soderbergh’s career that he unintentionally blazed a new trail – beyond rolling the dice on his directing career by making a $1.2 million film – but he was mature enough to take the right lesson from the experience: it’s not enough to make a good film; timing matters, too. Make something that addresses the defincies in the marketplace and you’re more likely to succeed.

Don’t Be Afraid to Start Over

Schizopolis Soderbergh


While shooting “The Underneath,” his fourth feature, Soderbergh knew the film wasn’t working and had fundamental problems that it was too late to fix.

“Halfway through the shoot I was sitting on the set, not happy,” said Soderbergh at a recent Q&A. “OK, if you are 31 years old and you’ve wanted to make films since you were 13 and you are sitting on a set not happy — you need to do something to change shit up, this is on you.”

Soderbergh went back to Baton Rouge with a handful of his closest collaborators and made a $250,000 (from having sold the foreign rights) experimental and bizarre film “‘Schizopolis” starring himself (and his wife at the time) over the course of nine months. Soderbergh wanted to purposely annihilate everything he done up to this point in his career and start over again, calling it his “second first film.”

“That was a really important film for me to make, regardless of how it is perceived,” said Soderbergh. “The reverberation of the freedom of making  ‘Schizopolis’ absolutely resulted in ‘Out of Sight’ and everything that followed. It was just like, fuck it. You can’t second guess yourself. You can only make something you would stand in line to see.”

Following “Schizopolis’ Soderbergh found box office, critical acclaim and artistic freedom in a four-year span that led to some of his most important films: “Out of Sight,” “The Limey,” “Ocean’s 11” and Academy Award winners “Traffic” and “Erin Brockovich.”

Don’t Be Afraid of Big Opportunities

Out of Sight

“Out of Sight”

Universal Pictures

Soderbergh took his first big studio assignment, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s book, because he was concerned about his employability.

“Half the movie business was off-limits to me,” said Soderbergh. “I didn’t just want to be art-house boy. But other than that, which was coming from a place of ‘I want maximum opportunities and mobility,’ I’ve never made a decision based on anything other than engagement with the material. Period. You don’t go make ‘Schizopolis’ if you’re trying to protect some idea of yourself as a filmmaker.”

Soderbergh’s first film after “Schizopolis” was vital in a number of ways. His newfound self-imposed freedom detonated any preconceived notion of himself as a filmmaker and gave him the confidence to trust his instincts in adapting author Elmore Leonard, whose themes of dishonesty and greed echoed Soderbergh’s own storytelling interests.

“The trick of that was to do a Jedi mind thing, so on the set, moment to moment, creatively I’m making decisions as if I’m on the set of ‘Schizopolis,'” said Soderbergh about making “Out of Sight.” “There is no studio, there is no clock, there is no $48 million budget. Just in the moment to sit there and go, ‘What do I want to see, what do I want to do, what do I think is interesting?’ And just block all that other stuff out.”

The result was a film that was light years better than anything he’d made before, creating an unconventional Hollywood story and editing structure that gave the cool and breezy film another deeper, more soulful layer.

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on August 16, 2017 03:40 PM tagged with Steven Soderbergh
 HBO’s international partners and affiliates should be extra careful going forward: For the second time in a little over two weeks, one of them was responsible for the early leak of an episode before its official airing. Episode 6, which is set for its broadcast premiere this Sunday, August 20, hit torrent sites after it was aired accidentally by HBO Nordic and HBO España. HBO said a… Read More
on August 16, 2017 03:30 PM tagged with HBO

How companies can use Digital Rights Management (DRM) Tool to strengthen their content security

When your organization starts generating data, the onus is on you to maintain the confidentiality of such information. It is here that content protection and security plays a vital role. You can protect your content from unauthorized access or use through encryption and only share the decryption keys with the authorized users.

But, what would you do if any authorized user shared his or her secret credentials with someone else? What if the authorized person modified the content in a manner that is not acceptable by you?

Users can do this, even when you have enabled content protection through encryption. This is because you do not have content protection, once it is in the hands of an authorized user when you only use encryption technology to secure your content.

This is why it is important to enhance your content security even further by using comprehensive Digital Rights Management (DRM) content security software. A tool that gives you DRM controls ensures the security of your content and can serve the purpose of avoiding the misuse of your content by controlling who can view your content and till when (expiry date), what he or she can do with the files (print, copy, etc.), and more. So, with DRM, you can fill the security gaps by using different content security methods.

For example, DRM handles the creation, management, and distribution of keys on its own, without depending on any third parties. The DRM solution also uses cryptography which involves some kind of digital signature.

A key activity for a DRM-enabled content security solution is to identify whether the content (data) has been modified. It is able to do so by running a mathematical algorithm (one-way digest) for the content which has been selected for protection. This leads to the creation of a numeric value which is unique to that content.

You can choose to run this algorithm at frequent time intervals and compare the latest result (numeric value) with the previous one. As long as the results match, you can rest assured that the document has not been modified and has come from the authorized source. Such a mechanism helps to tackle the problem of hackers who may try to use fake identities to modify the content.

Thus, a content protection and security tool equipped with DRM mechanisms allow you to prevent unauthorized access or use and keep the content secure, even after it is used by the authorized user. You can also control whether you want to allow or prevent any authorized users to copy or print the documents that are highly confidential. And, even if you allow authorized users to view your content, you can place an expiry date beyond which those users will not be able to continue viewing the document.

You could say that, while content protection was already possible without DRM, its presence will help you extend security for authorized users and strengthen your overall content security.

Do you have any prior experience of using a content protection tool or a DRM content security tool? Feel free to share your feedback, input or queries in the comments section below.

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on August 16, 2017 03:30 PM tagged with DRM Tools